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Reading Tennyson is like stepping aboard the worlds strangest roller coaster The title of the ride looks to be safe enough but when the cart-man straps on the safety belt youre jolted in a way that you did not even know was a direction Its not down or up left or right It is an adventure to in-side yourself as seen through the life of another Youre caught off card and then youre calmed down You think its over and then theres the loopd loop You dont know if youre ready to throw up or eat the sweet dessert like lines in the next stanza By the time this moral rollercoaster comes to a stop youre so ready to get back on that your knees shake and your mind races Wellthats what its like for me anyway I can see in Tennyson the pain and suffering of a man who knew too much about the world to accept in himself for who he was verses who he could be this evident in works like Supposed Confessions as opposed to In Memoriam Supposed Confessions is the work of a man who is spiritually sound but undergoes a transformation within himself The speaker in the poem is a sinner a man set apart even from himself In lines one through ten the speaker rages at God Though the speaker truly believes in God he is beginning to doubt the presence of God in his on life This is evident when the speaker laments against God and begs for some symbol saying In this extremist misery Of ignorance I should require A sign The speaker reasons that this would only make his faith stronger when no sign is given the speaker begins to doubt his own faith The speaker goes on to reminisce about his childhood a time when the idea of Gods presence in his life was a certain as his mothers lap As the speaker grows
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