Tennyson, Come into the garden, Maud

This poem has an interesting use of first person. The speaker addresses himself in first person while in the same time talking to Maud (or rather giving her directions) and then talking about her indirectly. For example, in the first stanza the speaker writes “Come into the garden, Maud.” This line makes it seem like Maud is in the room with him but then in the second stanza it is not as clear. In the second stanza, Tennyson writes “To faint in the light of the sun she loves.” Later in the poem, the speaker also engages in addressing flowers and personifying them to some degree (“I said to the lily”).

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