Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

Crossing The Bar - Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

Comments about Crossing The Bar by Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • (8/14/2018 5:29:00 AM)

    Trying to understand Bourne of time and place, (Report) Reply

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  • (6/3/2018 3:04:00 PM)

    the theme of dead in the poem a realism of life (Report) Reply

  • (4/13/2018 6:59:00 AM)

    Sunset and evening star Excellent use of rhythmic effect. (Report) Reply

  • (2/8/2018 7:18:00 PM)

    A great poem crafted so nicely.filling calm delight in the heart. (Report) Reply

  • (12/19/2017 9:35:00 AM)

    No one speaks to the bitter-sweetness of life and death like Tennyson. Just brilliant! (Report) Reply

  • (12/9/2017 11:20:00 PM)

    Before the last sleep Lord will be with me. (Report) Reply

  • Christopher Tye (10/20/2017 6:22:00 AM)

    One of Tennyson's finest poems and one the greatest poems about ageing and mortality ever written. So much wisdom and so many feelings conveyed by someone facing their death. (Report) Reply

  • Dr Dillip K Swain (10/5/2017 10:13:00 AM)

    Great piece for all time to be adored (Report) Reply

  • (6/28/2017 9:21:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem full of hope. Many of Tennyson's poems are long but this short poem says so much in so few words. (Report) Reply

  • Spock The Vegan (4/17/2017 8:06:00 AM)

    One of my long time favorites. (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (2/8/2017 8:31:00 AM)

    Good work. Well written. Sylva. (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (8/8/2016 1:45:00 AM)

    Speechless............! (Report) Reply

  • Folorunso Oladipo Daniel (5/25/2016 3:11:00 PM)

    The poem portrays the returning of man back to his creator (GOD) . It bid the lovers not to mourn nor sad for his departure. Death is inevitable. (Report) Reply

  • Chinonso Iroegbu (4/13/2016 8:58:00 AM)

    I hope to see my Pilot face to face. With faith he believes to see his Maker. Beautiful work, I love it (Report) Reply

  • (4/1/2016 2:35:00 AM)

    I love the creativeness of this great mentor, a mystero indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Jimmie Arrington (12/4/2015 8:14:00 PM)

    This is such a great poem. I love Tennyson (Report) Reply

  • Melikhaya Zagagana (6/29/2015 5:41:00 AM)

    The life of a thoroughly committed man never went by unnoticed but should be celebrated forever. (Report) Reply

  • Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 8:51:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.c (Report) Reply

  • (5/9/2015 12:24:00 PM)

    Wow, just when I think I have heard all the best poems. Thank you Mr Tennyson (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (1/15/2014 12:03:00 PM)

    At the time of writing, Tennyson was losing his sight and preparing to meet his final days. Each stanza metaphorically demonstrates the way he wanted his life to be celebrated. Read carefully between the lines and it can be discovered that he likened his life to a voyage, and from that voyage he was preparing to sail back home to his Maker. The “bar” is in fact that sandbank that lies in the estuary of a river. The sand moans softly under the weight of the outgoing tide, symbolising the notion of friends weeping as he departed. And of course, the “bourne, ” his point of departure, is his little kingdom, the mouth of his river. A truly spiritual and majestic poem, a brave and inspiring monument to an extremely brave man. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 28, 2011

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