Tennyson's 'Crossing the Bar' Poem Context

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When was the poem 'Crossing the Bar' first published?


What does the metaphor of 'crossing the bar' in the poem refer to?

Departure from this life to the next life

What did Tennyson compare the difficulty of crossing the harbour to?

Requiring the expert guidance of a pilot

Who did Tennyson explain as the 'pilot' in the poem?

Divine and unseen power who is always guiding us

'Crossing the Bar' was said to be the crown of Tennyson's life's work by whom?

"This is the crown of your life's work."

Test your knowledge of the background story and context of Tennyson's poem 'Crossing the Bar', including when and where it was composed, and the circumstances surrounding its creation.

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