Posted by HEDGE on November 15, 2003
Alfred Tennyson used this phrase in his 'In Memoriam' , referring to his dead friend's voice:
Not all regret: the face will shine
Upon me, while I muse alone;
And that dear voice, I once have known,
Still speak to me **of me and mine**:
And these are my questions:
1) Does this always mean 'me and my family'?
Could 'mine' also mean other people or things which the speaker cares about?
2) What is the origin of "me and mine"?
3) What did Tennyson have in mind when he wrote "me and mine"?