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A Farewell - Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Flow down, cold rivulet, to the sea,
Thy tribute wave deliver:
No more by thee my steps shall be,
For ever and for ever.

Flow, softly flow, by lawn and lea,
A rivulet then a river:
Nowhere by thee my steps shall be
For ever and for ever.

But here will sigh thine alder tree
And here thine aspen shiver;
And here by thee will hum the bee,
For ever and for ever.

A thousand suns will stream on thee,
A thousand moons will quiver;
But not by thee my steps shall be,
For ever and for ever.

Comments about A Farewell by Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • Gold Star - 53,931 Points Gary Liles (9/28/2016 3:08:00 AM)

    Superb writing, I love to read old poems. ☺😊😀 (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 5,101 Points Mizzy ........ (8/28/2016 6:52:00 AM)

    Brilliantly written mournful piece. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Terence George Craddock (2/17/2013 12:41:00 PM)

    'A Farewell' by Alfred Lord Tennyson is a simple, interesting, yet beautiful poem; written in four stanzas of 4 quatrains, rhyming abab throughout all four quatrains of the poem. The appeal begins immediately with the command Flow down, cold rivulet, to the sea, extended into purpose, Thy tribute wave deliver: which creates an immediate contrast in juxtaposition. The narrator exclaims No more by thee my steps shall be, / For ever and for ever.
    Endings changes are definitely implied, the cold rivulet, which is a streamlet, shall become a small brook, stream; river and eventually merge into the sea. The rivulet will Flow, softly flow, by lawn and lea, / A rivulet then a river: and for an unspecified reason, in the future the narrator, will never walk again in small steps near the rivulet, admiring the beauty of this gently passing water. An impending ending is definite, No more implies many past steps about to be terminated, Nowhere intensifies an implied loss. The narrator shall never again enjoy this deep personal love and joy appreciating this or any other rivulet. No more by thee my steps shall be, is a declaration of love, the thee accompanied by his adoring steps will cease For ever and for ever repeated ending every quatrain for emphasis.
    Is Tennyson stating the season is winter? Flow down, cold rivulet, could be a metaphor for death, the rivulet is commanded to flow down, but without fear panic or alarm. Flow, softly flow, by lawn and lea, mixes lawn and lea, grassland or pasture with a river and time. The lea is temporarily land for hay or grazing, the human interaction with nature is continuous but only individual lifetimes spanned.
    The expansion of life as passing seasons is extended in the third quatrain. The lines beginning But here, And here, And here imply at least three separate seasons to be. In fall will sigh thine alder tree, in winter thine aspen shiver; and a future spring summer or both is introduced with And here by thee will hum the bee. These seasonal cycles will shift alternate For ever and for ever.
    The poem as a metaphor for life, is reinforced with the strength beauty of A thousand suns will stream on thee, / A thousand moons will quiver; . It could be read as sad that the narrator will never again enjoy this beauty as But not by thee my steps shall be, / For ever and for ever definitely confirms. Many farewells are sad, this farewell being the title of the poem is definitely important, the last farewell as the lines within the poem confirm. Yet for me Tennyson implies, this is right, this is the normal cycle of life, which we are born into and should delight in. An overall impression is an immense wealth of joy and happiness, experienced and appreciated through intimate interaction with nature, narrated within this poem. Tennyson has a gift, a mastery, for implying so much through a few simple well chosen words, in beautiful succinct expression. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Farewell

  1. 1. A Farewell , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  2. 2. A Farewell , Charles Kingsley
  3. 3. A Farewell To America To Mrs. S. W. , Phillis Wheatley
  4. 4. Farewell , Rabindranath Tagore
  5. 5. A Farewell , William Wordsworth
  6. 6. Farewell , Anne Brontë
  7. 7. Farewell Love And All Thy Laws Forever , Sir Thomas Wyatt
  8. 8. Farewell , John Clare
  9. 9. Farewell , Sulaiman Mohd Yusof
  10. 10. Farewell To Love , John Donne
  11. 11. A Teamster's Farewell , Carl Sandburg
  12. 12. Bidding Farewell , Hasmukh Amathalal
  13. 13. Farewell To Barn And Stack And Tree , Alfred Edward Housman
  14. 14. A Farewell To False Love , Sir Walter Raleigh
  15. 15. Farewell To The Court , Sir Walter Raleigh
  16. 16. Farewell, Love , Sir Thomas Wyatt
  17. 17. The Farewell Xxviii , Khalil Gibran
  18. 18. An Exile's Farewell , Adam Lindsay Gordon
  19. 19. Farewell My Friend , Sylvia Chidi
  20. 20. Farewell To Meng Hao-Jan , Li Po
  21. 21. A Farewell: To C.E.G , Charles Kingsley
  22. 22. A Farewell To Agassiz , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  23. 23. Farewell To Secretary Shu-Yun At The Hsi.. , Li Po
  24. 24. A Fond Farewell , Sandra Fowler
  25. 25. Farewell , Thomas E. Spencer
  26. 26. A Farewell , Charlotte Mary Mew
  27. 27. The Farewell , Robert Burns
  28. 28. A Farewell , Coventry Patmore
  29. 29. Harp Of The North, Farewell! , Sir Walter Scott
  30. 30. Farewell , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  31. 31. A Farewell , Amy Levy
  32. 32. Farewell And Adieu.... , Rudyard Kipling
  33. 33. Farewell To Florida , Wallace Stevens
  34. 34. Farewell To London , Alexander Pope
  35. 35. Flowers, Dear Flowers, Farewell! , Louisa May Alcott
  36. 36. Farewell Ungrateful Traitor , John Dryden
  37. 37. Farewell , Robert Louis Stevenson
  38. 38. Farewell And Thanksgiving , Mark Van Doren
  39. 39. Sweet William's Farewell To Black-Ey'D S.. , John Gay
  40. 40. My Last Farewell To Stirling , Robert Burns
  41. 41. Farewell To The Farm , Robert Louis Stevenson
  42. 42. Absence: A Farewell Ode On Quitting Scho.. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  43. 43. ' Last Farewell , Linda Ori
  44. 44. Farewell! -- But Whenever You Welcome Th.. , Thomas Moore
  45. 45. Napoleon's Farewell (From The French) , George Gordon Byron
  46. 46. Farewell To The Muse , George Gordon Byron
  47. 47. Welcome And Farewell , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  48. 48. *happy Farewell , Sadiqullah Khan
  49. 49. The Farewell , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  50. 50. Farewell, My Loved One! , Henry Clay Work
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