Tennyson, Alfred Lord - In Memoriam A H H - No visual shade of some one lost
Type of Spiritual Experience
Alfred Lord Tennyson entered Trinity College Cambridge in 1827 and met Arthur Henry Hallam who became his best friend. They became very close. In the spring of 1831, Tennyson's father died, and he returned to his father’s rectory, where he shared responsibility for his widowed mother and the family. Arthur Hallam came to stay with his family during the summer and became engaged to Tennyson's sister, Emilia Tennyson.
In 1833, Hallam died suddenly and unexpectedly after suffering a cerebral haemorhage while on vacation in Vienna. Tennyson was devastated and overcome with grief at the loss of his closest friend. Hallam's sudden and unexpected death had such a profound impact on Tennyson that it inspired several masterpieces, including In Memoriam A.H.H. a long poem detailing the 'Way of the Soul'. And in his grief, there are indications in the poem that Tennyson ‘saw’ his friend.
A description of the experience
Alfred Lord Tennyson – from In Memoriam A.H.H.
No visual shade of some one lost
But he, the Spirit himself may come
Where all the nerve of sense is numb
Spirit to Spirit, Ghost to Ghost
The source of the experienceTennyson, Alfred Lord
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
Tennyson’s poems can be downloaded from the Internet. There are a number of sites with his poetry.