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Analysis Of Alfred Tennyson´S Three Poems

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson of Aldworth and Freshwater is known as one of the greatest poetic figure of the Victorian Age. Tennyson started writing poetry at an early age and at the age of twelve he wrote a 6,000 line poem. His poems consisted of medieval legends, myths, and everyday life and nature. When he was appointed laureate a position he held for 42 years, the longest of any laureate, he wrote about historical events and one of his famous works was Ode on the Death of Duke of Wellington. Three of his poems that I chose and stood out above all others are Mariana, In Memoriam A.H.H., and Ulysses. Mariana was Tennyson’s widely acclaimed in which he creates imagery from the environment to express a woman’s emotional state. In Memoriam A.H.H. describes Tennyson’s recollections of the moments he shared with Arthur to whom it is dedicated to furthermore it focuses on the depressed time the Victorians went through. And Ulysses serves as an aftermath of In Memoriam A.H.H. of Tennyson finally moving on from the grief he experienced after losing Arthur. All three poems connect with Tennyson’s life each serving as a step towards Tennyson’s greatness and his status as one of the most influential poets of the Victorian era.
Lord Alfred Tennyson was born on August 6, 1809 in Somersby, Lincolnshire in a middle class family as the fourth child of George Clayton Tennyson and Elizabeth Fytche. George Tennyson was disinherited after some disagreements between him and his father and was removed from being the heir of the Tennyson property and had no choice but to join the ministry. Being cut out of the will resulted in all twelve kids having to deal with their drunk and drug addicted father. Though the family had not inherited any property they did however ended up inheriting epilepsy from their family traits, a brain disorder in which the person experiences recurring seizures. To escape from the problems faced at home Alfred turned to poetry for condolence. Before attending school Alfred was educated by his father however when he started to attend Louth Grammar School after four years of attending grammar school Alfred started to study from his father again who introduce him to myths and legends. In 1827 he enrolled in Trinity College to join his brothers Fredrick and Charles. During his teens he had started to write poems with them which he later published under the title of Poems by Two Brothers around the age of seventeen, mainly containing his own work in addition including some work by his brothers. Insisted by his friends and father Tennyson entered one of his old works entitled Timbuctoo for the Chancellor’s Gold Medal which he won in 1829. When he entered his poem for the Chancellor’s prize he encountered Arthur Henry Hallam becoming Tennyson’s closest friend. In that same year they joined a secret society named the Apostles which after couples of meetings later Tennyson abandoned. Tennyson started to focus on poetry rather then his studies...

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