Note 17 to Chapter 5 of the author's Tennyson's Major Poems, which Yale University Press published in 1975. It has been included in the Victorian Web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright.
See Gransden, pp. 15-17 and Foakes, pp. 133-34. Both stress the importance of the family metaphor in In Memoriam. The domestic imagery is also discussed by Alan Sinfeld and by Joanne P. Zuckerman.
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