A farewell

We have published many poems that are about saying goodbye. Sometimes these words are the result of a carefully planned action and sometimes these words are the result of an abrupt goodbyeor farewell. The poem written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson is about parting this world to another world.


The poet tells us that he isn’t able to see this river he is so fond of. There is no chance that he will ever be able to see this river flowing to the sea. Is there a reason to feel sorry or bad about this? According to the narrator, he lived a good life. He realizes that death is approaching on him. Stil, it seems that everything he thinks is beautiful is too much to visit. The classic “too little time” applies here. There are only those memories of beauty and beautiful places that are locked in his mind.

The river that the narrator mentions in his poem is actually life itself. Finally, it will flow to the sea after it sprang somewhere and grew bigger and bigger. Finally, it merges into the sea. The sea is the afterlife.

A farewell

A farewell

Flow down, cold rivulet, to the sea,
Thy tribute wave deliver:
No more by thee my steps shall be,
For ever and for ever.

Flow, softly flow, by lawn and lea,
A rivulet then a river;
No where by thee my steps shall be,
For ever and for ever.

But here will sigh thine alder tree,
And here thine aspen shiver;
And here by thee will hum the bee,
For ever and for ever.

A thousand suns will stream on thee,
A thousand moons will quiver;
But not by thee my steps shall be,
For ever and for ever.


Alfred, Lord Tennyson


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