Photo by Julia Margaret Cameron [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Well I am really getting side-tracked now.
Learning about Virginia has led me, via Virginia’s Great Aunt, Julia Margaret Cameron (the famous photographer), to Tennyson who was a friend of Julia’s and a fellow member of the ‘Freshwater Circle’.
The only things I knew about Tennyson before my research, was that he wrote ‘The Lady of Shalott’ and ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’.
I now know that he was Poet Laureate after Wordsworth and accepted his peerage in 1884. So, he was only Lord Tennyson after the age of 75! He died at age 83.
A real surprising thing that I have learned (and please forgive my ignorance) is that he wrote the following:
‘Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all’
In Memoriam A.H.H.
I would (almost) have bet my life that it was Shakespeare. Well well well. Every day is a school day, so they say.
In Memoriam A.H.H. is considered to be a masterpiece; written after the very early death of his friend Arthur Henry Hallam, it is an account of the poet’s thoughts and feelings as he mourns and grieves for his friend.
I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
It is an epic poem written in four line stanzas with an ABBA rhyming scheme. It is written in iambic tetrameter (da DUM, da DUM, da DUM, da DUM). Maybe the ‘heartbeat’ rhythm speaks louder than the words.
This is where he lived, on the Isle of Wight.
Farringford House [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons