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The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls
The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls
by Alfred Lord Tennyson

The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

Some Iambic Tetrameter, with Regular, Internal RhymeThe Echo MeterWe'll start with by explaining the meter, since that's where many new Shmoopers often get confused when reading poetry. The "meter"...

Speaker

The speaker of this poem is clearly a nature lover. There he is (and we're just assuming that he's a… he), up in the mountains somewhere all by himself, taking in the view of a valley at sunset....

Setting

"The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls" is a short, song-like poem that was inserted into a longer poem called The Princess as a kind of break in the action. The Princess is—you guessed it—about...

Sound Check

Tennyson is famous for making his poems sound like what they're meant to describe, and this poem is no exception. The speaker describes echoes in the mountains, and the poem itself is filled with "...

What's Up With the Title?

This poem usually gets referred to by its first line: "The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls," or just as "The Splendour Falls." The first line of the poem is kind of weird, though. As we point out i...

Calling Card

Mythology and the Real World CollideLike many of his fellow Victorian poets, Tennyson was interested in mythology, and in English and Norse mythology in particular. Everyone in the nineteenth centu...

Tough-o-Meter

(3) Base CampWhen you get past the difficult first line (see "What's Up with the Title"), there aren't that many tough words to trip up even a novice Shmooper. Most of the vocabulary here is relati...

Trivia

"Splendour Falls" is a short poem that was added to a longer poem called The Princess, which was later adapted into a comic operetta called Princess Ida by Gilbert and Sullivan in 1884. "Splendour...

Steaminess Rating

GShmoopers, there's not a lot of sex happening here. The speaker is alone in the mountains, watching a sunset. (Yes, this would be a great spot to take a date, but he seems to be alone—apart from...

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References"Elfland": This is an English name for the Old Norse "Alfheimr," or "Elf Home," which was the home of the Light Elves according to Norse mythology. (10)

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