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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 Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Is the speaker alone, or with someone else? Why would this matter to how you read the poem?
  2. Who is the "love" that the speaker references in the first line of stanza 3? 
  3. Do you think the poem takes place at sunrise or at sunset? Why might that matter?
  4. Why do you think the speaker imagines that the bugle horns he hears are out of "Elfland" (line 10)? Why does he bring up fairy tales and old myths?
  5. The word "echoes" seems to mean two different things by the end of the poem: the literal "echoes" of the bugle, and the figurative "echoes," or memories, that a person leaves behind. 
  6. What kind of "echoes" do you think you'll leave behind you?

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