In Memoriam A.H.H is considered to be not only one of Tennyson's greatest works but one of the great poems of the entire 19th century. Queen Victoria turn to the lyrical work after the death of Prince Albert in 1861, "Next to the Bible, In Memoriam is my comfort."
Similar to the form of other long poems or epics such as Lord Byron's Don Juan or Dante's Divine Comedy, In Memoriam is divided into 133 cantos. I never realized this beautiful quote is from canto XXVII :
'Tis better to have loved and lostI have found a web site which gives an easy-to-understand summary of each canto. This will be very helpful to me as I make my way slowly through the poem. I plan to write posts on what I learn.
Than never to have loved at all.