Locksley Hall

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A poem in trochaics by Tennyson, published 1842. It consists of a monologue spoken by a disappointed lover, revisiting the desolate moorland home by the sea where he had been brought up by an unsympathetic uncle, and where he fell in love with his cousin Amy; she returned his love, but, through family pressure, accepted another suitor. The narrator proceeds to rail against the modern world of steamship and railway, and ends with an ambiguous acceptance of ‘the ringing grooves of change’—a phrase that the notoriously poor‐sighted Tennyson wrote while under the impression that the new railways ran in grooves, not on rails.

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