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In Memoriam - Learning Resource KS4

Learning Resources for In Memoriam A.H.H

1. Compare two anniversaries: The healing power of time

Compare Lyric 72 with Lyric 99 (please see images below).

  • Lyric 72 First anniversary of Hallam’s death 15th Sept 1834. ‘howl’ ‘blast’ ‘lash’ ‘hide thy shame beneath the ground’
  • Lyric 99 The second anniversary of Hallam’s death. ‘balmy’ ‘lowings’ ‘murmurest’ .’They know me not, yet mourn with me.’

2. Journey through grief

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in On Death and Dying 1969, identified five stages when being faced with the reality of death: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.

Kübler-Ross originally applied these stages to people suffering from terminal illness, later to any form of catastrophic personal loss, including the death of a loved one. Just before her own death she did warn that ‘Our grief is as individual as our lives. Not everyone goes through all of [the stages] or goes through them in a prescribed order.’ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross On Grief and Grieving 2004.

Using these five stages, plot the course of Tennyson’s grief through In Memoriam. See below for an example of a rather longer journey through grief.

A 15 Stage Journey in Grief in In Memoriam:

  • Find quotes from the images which reflect these stages:
  • I’m a bit embarrassed at how over-wrought I’ve been. (Prologue)
  • I can’t help imagining the decaying body and where it is. (II)
  • The rituals of the burial services give me a way of saying my howls of grief. (05 V)
  • Was it all as wonderful as I say? Is the past always better? (21 XXIV )
  • Even though it is really hard, it’s better to be going through all this pain because it meant I did experience love. (22 XXVII )
  • I must cling on to idea that I will be better and wiser because of this sorrow.
  • I have to believe it was all meant to be - but it’s difficult when see how cruel and careless Nature is.
  • You were and are too good for me. (LX)
  • I cannot remember the beloved’s face. LXX
  • These poems might not be appreciated by anyone else. Does it matter? I’m writing for myself XXVII)
  • New friends can’t compare to you LXXXV
  • Sudden desperate physical longing. XCIII
  • Sudden vivid memories. XCV
  • Moving on. XV
  • It is part of human nature to be with others. CVIII.

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OPEM exhibition at The Collection

28 January - 2 May 2017

Exhibition Opening Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm

OPEM 4 is the fourth biennial open exhibition hosted by The Collection and Usher Gallery, and will showcase the work of local and regional artists who were chosen by a pair of industry experts (writer/curator Elinor Morgan and artist Brian Griffiths) based on the quality and originality of their work. Hundreds of artists from around Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire and more entered into the competition, hoping to have their work featured centre-stage at a professional art exhibition.

The winning artists are:

• Reece Straw

• Jake Kent

• Stephanie Douet

• Jake Moore

• Selina Mosinski

• Matthew Chesney

• Ellen Brady

• Colette Griffin

This will be the first time some of these artists have exhibited with a professional institution. By winning the competition these artists will each receive money and supplies to fund the creation of an all-new original piece of work for this particular show. Other prizes include a £3000 purchasing/commissioning prize which has been sponsored by the Heslam Trust, while another artist will receive their own solo exhibition in The Usher Gallery.


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