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To Remember and Never Forget Analyzing the poem Tears Idle Tears by Alfred Lord Tennyson Tears Idle Tears is a passionate and loving poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson in which the main theme refers not only to an old passion from the past but also mentions past pain and suffering by thinking of the days that are no more In this poem Tennyson is talking about the old men thinking about their youth in which the beloved had died This poem does not express real sadness but rather the desire that people experience for some thing that has passed away from them for ever This poem is written in open form with an unrhymed pattern There are five lines in each stanza and every single stanza closes with the phrase the days that are no more This poem is a lyrical poem in which the poet is thinking about the past emotionally He uses a literary device of assonance in this poem which is the repetition of vowel I such as idle divine rise eyes pipe dying wild and life In this poem we mostly see the use of simile and metaphor In the first stanza Tennyson is talking about the tears that are strange and lazy but he doesnt know what they mean These idle tears are separated from their source and are gathered to his eyes in some way that the tears make him to think about the past In fact in Fall when he looks out on the gorgeous beautiful and happy fields the tears rise in his hurt and transfer to his eyes and that is what makes him think of the past To the days that are no more The poet describes his tears as idle tears to suggest that they are caused by no direct particular pain However his tears are the product of a divine despair Indeed they the tears have a source they rise
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