[1] constant repetition, Tennyson wants readers to be

Tennyson, Alfred. “The Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson.” Mariana. Wordsworth Editions; New edition edition (5 July 1994)


opens the poem with the use of negative imagery to foreshadow the events within
the poem. He describes the flower-pots to be filled with the ‘blackest moss’ (Mariana,1.1), a dark imagery which
symbolises death and loneliness, contrasting with stereotypical flowers which
signify spring and happiness. Furthermore, the decay of the flower pot could
resemble the decay of Mariana’s mind, whereby the decay of the surrounding
environment likens to the decay of her psychological mind. Mariana’s first
spoken line with the poem states ‘My life is dreary, he cometh not'(Mariana,1.11), her psychological torment
appears to be due to a male lover not turning up. Tennyson shows Mariana to
complain with the repetition of ‘I am aweary, I am aweary'(Mariana,11), and ‘I would that I were dead!’ (Mariana,1.12), highlighting the psychological and physical effects
she is experiencing by being fatigued, furthermore, by wishing to be dead,
Mariana demonstrates her entrapment within her thoughts and mind and wishes it
would all cease. Tennyson demonstrates how her mind and thoughts are the
impingement on her freedom, as they are disallowing her to think properly, thus
Mariana cannot experience the freedom of thought and happiness in life. The
further repetition of ‘I would that i were dead!’ (Mariana,1.12) demonstrates how Mariana is locked within her thoughts,
and through constant repetition, Tennyson wants readers to be feel trapped in
Mariana’s thoughts. Through Mariana’s torment, she lacks freedom from her
thoughts, which encompass her mind throughout the poem and consequently Mariana
struggles to achieve freedom of the mind.

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‘Mariana’ 1again focuses on isolation
and loneliness, whereby the poem discusses the emotions experienced by a woman
waiting for her beloved; who doesn’t turn up and, so she desires to die. Through
‘Mariana’, Tennyson highlights how psychological impingement results in
limitation of her freedom, whereby she is locked within her mind and her
thoughts, unable to escape. Secondly, her obsession with her lover is also
impingement by limiting her enjoyment of life and freedom, consequently wanting
to die.