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Alfred Lord Tennyson Essay

875 words - 4 pages

Alfred Lord Tennyson
(an assessment on the events in Lord Tennyson’s)

Start of the Victorian Era, the beginning of the industrial revolution, these were the times in which Alfred Lord Tennyson was born. With a striking good looking beard, Tennyson will be the artist of many thought provoking texts, many texts that will later be argued over and discussed for centuries. “Tennyson has seemed the embodiment of his age, both to his contemporaries and to modern readers,” in the words of Smith. However, an intriguing question to ask is what is it that would Lord Tennyson to write such proving words? By using Alfred Lord Tennyson’s three texts, In Memoriam, The Lady Of Shalott, and Ulysses, the ...view middle of the document...

Then a young man walks by that catches her eye. She ends up following the young man and her curse gets worse and she dies before she has the chance to tell him of her love. The last lines of this story are the ones of significance and most important. Lines 169-171 Lancelot says, “She has a lovely face; God in his mercy lend her grace, The Lady of Shalott.” Did he really just say that? In other words, ‘she’s really pretty, it’s too bad she’s dead’. During the time of the industrial revolution the relationship between males and females would start to change. “The Industrial Revolution in part was fueled by the economic necessity of many women, single and married, to find waged work outside their home,” says Powell. Women would start to work. Being born in 1809, Alfred Lord Tennyson may have not agreed with all the things women were starting to do. Maybe he thought they should stay at home and not go to work. Maybe they should always be in their “castle”.
Finally, Ulysses shows us Tennyson’s opinions and feelings towards his homeland and country. As stated early, Tennyson was born in the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Industrial revolution what could that mean? It’s when Alfred would start to see the fall of his world power, the fall of Great Britain, the world power house. “The era known as the Industrial Revolution was a period in which...

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