Alfred Lord Tennyson

(6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892 / Lincoln / England)

Ask Me No More


Ask me no more: the moon may draw the sea;
The cloud may stoop from heaven and take the shape,
With fold to fold, of mountain or of cape;
But O too fond, when have I answer'd thee?
Ask me no more.

Ask me no more: what answer should I give?
I love not hollow cheek or faded eye:
Yet, O my friend, I will not have thee die!
Ask me no more, lest I should bid thee live;
Ask me no more.

Ask me no more: thy fate and mine are seal'd:
I strove against the stream and all in vain:
Let the great river take me to the main:
No more, dear love, for at a touch I yield;
Ask me no more.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Rookie Sudha S (2/10/2009 11:06:00 AM)

    This is really easy to understand...
    Here, Tennyson says that the moon may draw the sea, the cloud may stoop so low from heaven that it would take the shape of a cape of a cave..but WHO KNOWS? ? and I (Poet) can't give you the answers, and I don't know when I'll be able to figure this out...so ASK ME NO MORE!

    He says the he doesn't love the hollow cheek or the faded eye (of the maiden) but he doesn't want her to die and is determined to save her...AsK ME NO MORE! I (poet) will pray that you live...

    He says that the lady's and his fate are sealed...he was striving against the stream..to stop himself from dying..but all in vain...he wished the stram would take him to the main(river) and let him die..'no more, dear love'..he wants to die with his love as he believed that their fates were sealed...and he must die when she does..and have the same fate...

    ASK ME NO MORE!

    One of the most beautiful Tennyson poems I ever read...My favorites are THE BROOK and LANCELOT AND ELAINE...

    hope this helped!
    P.S - If I went wrong somewhere, please correct me.. (Report) Reply

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