Tennysondemonstrates Mariana’s emotions when she sheds ‘tears with the dews and even'(Mariana,2.13), reiterating thesadness in her life which is disallowing her achievement of happiness andfreedom, thus affecting her psychologically. Tennyson again demonstrates howMariana’s sadness is psychologically impinging her freedom for she is unable’to look on the sweet heaven'(Mariana,2.
15). This line stresses the unhappiness within Mariana’s life, whereby if shefails to find freedom from her thoughts by focusing her attention towards themost tranquil and blissful part of life, then it’s questionable if she’ll everfind peace. The repetitive nature of Mariana ‘I am aweary’ (Mariana,1.12) could resembleMariana’s thought process and mind; a mind-field of worry and desperationwhereby she is involved in a never-ending cycle of despair with freedomappearing unreachable.Theopening line of ‘Mariana’ uses negative imagery to perhaps foreshadow theevents within the poem. He describes the flower-pots to be filled with the’blackest moss’ (Mariana,1.
1), a darkimage which symbolises death and loneliness, contrasting with the stereotypicalimpression of flowers, which signify spring and happiness. Furthermore, the deteriorationof the flower pot could resemble the deterioration of Mariana’s mindpsychologically, due to the absence of her lover she cannot think concisely. Mariana’sfirst spoken line with the poem states ‘My life is dreary, he cometh not'(Mariana,1.11), her psychological tormentappears to be due to a lover not turning up. Tennyson shows Mariana to complainwith the repetition of ‘I would that I were dead!’ (Mariana,1.12), demonstrating how she wishes to cease feeling trappedwithin her thoughts and mind. Tennyson demonstrates how her mind and thoughtsare the impingement on her freedom, as they are disallowing her to thinkproperly, thus Mariana cannot experience the freedom of thought and happinessin life.
The further repetition of ‘I would that i were dead!’ (Mariana,1.12) demonstrates how Marianais locked within her thoughts, and through constant repetition, Tennyson wantsreaders to be feel trapped in Mariana’s thoughts. Through Mariana’s torment,she lacks freedom from her thoughts, which encompass her mind throughout thepoem and consequently Mariana struggles to achieve freedom of the mind.