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Celebrate the end of the holiday season with a poem that rings in the new year.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809 – 1892) was an English poet, serving a lengthy patronage as the Poet Laureate during the reign of Queen Victoria. His deeply emotional and lyrical style of poetry influenced not only other contemporary poets and authors, but also artists and painters of the time. Tennyson is one of the most well-quoted writers of his or any age, and his memorial poems are some of the most celebrated poetic works written in the English language.

This month’s read-aloud is a selection from Tennyson’s lengthy poem “In Memoriam,” a tribute to fellow poet Arthur Henry Hallam. Better known as “Ring Out, Wild Bells,” the segment wistfully closes out the end of a year, while anticipating the coming of the next.

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Thank you to the Friends of the Bloomfield Township Public Library for sponsoring the closed captioning of this video. A new read-aloud will be published every month on the Adult Services Vimeo page, so keep an eye out for new titles! Material selected for these read-alouds are in the public domain and are normally sourced from Project Gutenberg, so that listeners can read along if they would like.