Tennyson wrote a poem called Tears Are Idle. The Princess was published in 1847 as a single song among other poems in a book titled The Princess. In most times, it was sung to the princess by the maids, usually while they were taking a rest from difficult courses. Despite the fact that the music is articulated audibly by vocalization by a woman, the data helps to justify the man’s voice. The primary goal is to improve awareness and advocate for women’s rights in society. Listed below is an analysis, genre identification, and background establishment for many of the poems listed above (Killham 41). According to the first stanza, the producer of the utterances becomes aware of tears shade in the eyes. No wonder experience affecting mental state build up in the soul of the speaker. Further explanations concerning the feeling arousal and gathering to the eyes are given. Evidently, tears here are signs of despair. Whatever caused the tears include something deep at the same time spiritual in nature. Description given gives speaker tears hard to be accounted for, even though assumption can be related to days that are no more. Despair here is a sign of mourning while beautiful fields flood back memories of the days that are gone.
Tears are a paradox, although they are said to be idle, at the same time, they tend to have a gigantic condition of being a worthy note. The emotion of the speaker’s investigations are lanced. Trying to search understanding of divine despair that always causing responses that are physiological. Upon looking at the happy autumn fields tears cascades down her cheeks. Such outcome is caused by the remainder of her departed friends. Those days are lost no wonder relation of such circumstance is compared to something divine in nature (Killham 51).
Apparently, the speaker thinks of the memories that are gone and describes it as fresh as the first beam. The condition of anguish felt here are just as fresh as they felt in the first moments. Pain is inflicted upon recalling the days that are gone. Underworld friends are speaker’s acquaintances who died but are still remembered. Memories are related to the freshness’s of their presence while wound relates to deaths that spring up.
A spiritual loss here has to do with the death as suggested in the second stanza. From Underworld, where speaker’s dear friends come from, they provide fresh memories like a sunrise as well as fresh and pleasant compared to first beam shining on a sail. According to speaker’s view, this is how the gone days can be said to be fresh and down in the dumps, as a result of sinking and verging.
Strangely the speaker admits that although the days have been taking away from the unspecified thing. Often the speaker is unable to fully comprehend his own feelings. Hardly can he trace the source of his own tears. Mourns over the days that are gone, with lack of complete knowledge concerning the cause of his divine despair. Wounds tend to feel fresh despite the long period of time, and he constantly think of those who left before his days
Speaker’s emotional experience and mental state in his heart is strange just like it is in darker summer dawns. Description of bird’s sounds is described here, as they are awakening, in the same way, he contrasts birds’ sounds with his own feelings. Speaker is aware that he is in his final days. While the eve’s sounds are just awakening so does he realize that his own days are almost over?
Sad to say it is a bad thing upon realizing that the dead ears hear the birds which are awakening. Thoughts of casements make him think more concerning his few days that are left to be awakened by the birds. Casements probably are his own coffin which he communicates by himself in his own mind. More communicates by himself the more he thinks about himself in the coffin.
Even though birds are stirring to produce harmonious sounds with their voices, Likewise the speaker sees another sunrise modifies the color through window panes hence despair of futility in his days is experienced. Ultimately, not only the hearer but birds also remind the speaker futility of the days left. No wonder melancholia seems to affect the nature while the people are filled with sleep every morning. The individual in the midst feeling of happiness sees the sunrise with diverse spirit than someone reserved with ceasing to be in one’s possession of lost days (Killham 30).
Paradoxically, what is remembered is more absent than present although both are absent and present. Memories are made out of days that move continuously with the absence of more participants in a two-way friendship relationship and couples that at one point in life, live and breathe. Days a man remembered and once he is in are one and the same thing. No wonder he is the sum of his own days. Through these memories, a man becomes the sum of it all.
Finally, in the last unit of the poem verse, indulgence into painful memories of kisses is ensured by the speaker. Speaker insinuates the sweetness of the kiss being sweet although were fancy feigned hopelessly. Implications by these are that they were not only merely fancy but also hopeless. Further elaboration of these was that the lips were meant for someone different. Imagined kiss was meant for another as his days were gone although the kiss tasted deep as love, just like first love, they carried wilderness as well as regrets.
Full of regrets speaker feels the gone days as he would have loved more and more wildly as he was capable of. Now that it is too late, the past few love and kisses expressed sound feigned to him that seem to be from the grave. Lamentations of feeling death even when alive are made by the speaker. Mourns concerns loss of his youth days, the kind of person he used to be as well as the past days.
In conclusion, although the text cannot determine the sound whether it belongs to a man or a woman, available common poetic tropes such as early sunrises and autumn fields are the images in the poem. Intentions of the poem describe universal reflections on every side of loss, memory and time that anyone can sing. Bygone days are longed for throughout the scene. Tears are traced to a specific record of information about the events. Generally, it’s the past which moves the speaker throughout the poetic piece.
Killham, John. “Critical essays on the poetry of Tennyson.” (1960): 25–162