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June 13, 2024


I suppose In Memoriam is pretty much neglected today, but it's a masterpiece of the intersection of science, poetry, and the grief of many 19th century folk upon recognition of the loss of an afterlife and "immortality." Tennyson's technical gift was immense, as demonstrated in these stanzas.

I first read the entire poem in one sitting in the early 1970s-- and was dazed for the better part of a week

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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