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Re-phrasing my question - what does "me and mine" mean?

Posted by HEDGE on November 17, 2003

In Reply to: Re: "Still speak to me *of me and mine*" posted by ESC on November 15, 2003

: : Alfred Tennyson used this phrase in his 'In Memoriam' [116], 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"?

: : Thanks,

: : HEDGE

: Sorry. I don't know. This might help.

: The In Memoriam Web is a stand-alone hypertext environment, not to be confused with the World-Wide Web. It provides readers with the full text of Tennyson's poem, annotated with hypertext links to commentary and broader information about the literary and cultural contexts of the work.

: http://classiclit.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fetext.lib.virginia.edu%2Fhelpsheets%2Ftennyson.html

Thanks, ESC. I've looked everywhere, including your link, and couldn't find an answer.

So never mind Tennyson, I would just like to know what does "me and mine" mean,
and - if anybody knows anything about the origin of "me and mine" - would you please let me know.
Whatever you know will be helpful to me.
Thanks.