Tennyson's closing his group of highly dramatic landcapes with an quiet domestic English one is certainly appropriate for someone who became Poet Laureate at the death of Wordsworth in 1850. Both the landscape itself and its placement at the end of passionate or troubled scenes also anticipates the later sections of In Memoriam. See, for example, sections 100, 101, 115, and 121.
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