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"Calm is the morn without a sound/ Calm as to suit a calmer grief/ And only thro' the faded leaf/

The chestnut pattering to the ground:"

Tennyson uses weather frequently to suggest either unrest or calm. We are first introduced to the image of the wind, or rather, the lack of it, in Stanza 11, as Tennyson highlights through extensive repetition the calm of the landscape, without wind, to convey his own calm despair in grief of Hallam's death. This coupled with Autumnal imagery such as the faded leaf, The chestnut and the leaves that redden to the fall, symbolises the passing of time, the end of life, and moving into death. Tennyson uses this natural, calm imagery to highlight death as a natural occurrence, representing his own natural and calm grieving process.

"To-night the wind began to rise,"(1) as the scene changes, and more violent images of nature are introduced: "The forest crack'd, the waters curl'd/ The cattle huddled on the lea; / And wildly dash'd on tower and tree/ The sunbeam strikes along the world:"

By Stanza 15, however, the mood is already beginning to alter: Tennyson's emotions seem to turn along with nature as he first begins to speak of "The wild unrest that lives in woe"

"Can calm despair/ and wild unrest/ Be tenants of a single breast?"

In Stanza 16, Tennyson deliberately draws the two together in comparison as he begins now to doubt the natural calm of his emotions, battling to cope with the "wild unrest" he feels in the anger and sorrow of his grief.