This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Lord Tennyson And W.B Yeats: A Comparison Of Women In Poetry

2124 words - 8 pages

Lord Tennyson and W.B Yeats: A Comparison Of Women

Poetry, like other forms of written expression, is subject to change with the progression of time and expansion of thought. Victorian poetry and Modern poetry are two genres separated by time, but connected by subject matter. Lord Tennyson, a well-known Victorian poet and W.B Yeats, a respected Modern poet, are both men who found inspiration in the female form. How these two men interpreted that inspiration and expressed it in their poetry differ. By better understanding these men’s personal histories with women, in unison with the different elements of their poetic genres, the different approaches to their image of women can be seen. The accumulation of various influences, experiences and inspirations result in the works like, “Mariana” by Lord Tennyson and “No Second Troy” by W.B Yeats.
To begin, Alfred Tennyson was the fourth son in a large family with twelve children. Alfred’s brothers each had particular struggles they had to overcome, one had an opium addiction while another regularly fought with their father, the Reverend Dr. George Tennyson. Alfred Tennyson’s father was the son of a wealthy landowner, but was disinherited when he instead wished to join the clergy. Alfred’s childhood home was very chaotic by many accounts and full of eccentricities. George Tennyson tutored his sons in classical and modern languages to prepare them for university. Before Alfred left for Cambridge, he had already published a book with his brother Charles titled,” Poems By Two Brothers”. Many gifted undergraduates drifted towards him and encouraged him to write poetry seriously. Unfortunately, Alfred had to leave college in 1831 due to financial issues. He published a few works while he was at home but they were not popular, however in 1850 he gained recognition with his work “In Memoriam” and became poet laureate. During this twenty year struggle, Alfred wished to marry Emily Sellwood, whom he had affection for since 1836 but due to a lack of money, had to postpone their marriage until 1850. Knowing the background in which Lord Alfred Tennyson came from, understanding the period in which he waited to marry his sweetheart, Emily, and then looking at his poetry, several assumptions can be made.
Continuing, W.B Yeats was born William Butler Yeats to an Anglo-Irish family in Dublin. J.B Yeats, William’s father abandoned his job in law to take up painting. The family moved to London in 1874 and returned to Dublin in 1880. J.B Yeats was a religious skeptic but he did believe in the “religion of art”. Yeats was religious by temperament but unable to believe in Christian orthodoxy. He spent his life trying to compensate for his lost religion. Having spent the majority of his child and then adult life in Dublin, London and Sligo, each of the places contributed to his poetic development. In Dublin he founded the National Literature Society. Yeats had been influenced by Irish nationalism, and even though he did...

Find Another Essay On Lord Tennyson and W.B Yeats: A Comparison of Women in Poetry

W.B. Yeats and the Importance of Imagination

2188 words - 9 pages W.B. Yeats and the Importance of Imagination The poetry of the Irish writer WB Yeats celebrates how the human imagination gives meaning to life's struggles. Yeats's vision of human creative power evolves with his writing, broadening from seeing the imagination as the embodiment of human desires to understanding the power of the imagination to inspire others and immortalize the creative spirit. Yeats's work, by embracing this power, embraces

Symbolism in Leda and the Swan by W.B. Yeats

1707 words - 7 pages Tyranny is forceful dominance over innocence. Poetry and other forms of literature often use symbolism as a means to provide a message. The reasons for the usage of symbolism are as varied as the symbols used. Images are not always as they appear, and when one thinks about poetry more abstractly many interpretations can result. In W.B. Yeats’s poem “Leda and the Swan,” Yeats uses the retelling of a classical myth and its connotations to

Images of Love Expressed in the Poetry of Browning and Tennyson

2549 words - 10 pages images of love as created, and thus defined, by Alfred lord Tennyson in “The Lady of Shalott” and Elizabeth Barrett Browning in “How do I Love Thee.” In Browning’s “How do I Love Thee”, her very existence seems to be defined by her love for the unnamed “thee”. The image of love as a joyous transcendental metaphysical experience is created as she attempts to give words to this feeling. She begins with a rhetorical question of “How do I love thee

Poety of Alfred Lord Tennyson

959 words - 4 pages easily shown in the last line; “In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.” There are many other examples for Tennyson’s less than lively poetry. Tennyson uses luring words in his poems. If a person didn’t know anything about poetry they might think that they were reading a love poem. He uses words that almost calm the reader, although they might be reading about death, or regret. His use of language is very appealing. Alfred Lord

Conflicting Themes in The Poetry of W. B. Yeats

1447 words - 6 pages In analysing the poetry of W.B. Yeats, I have come to understand the multiple conflicting themes and positions he presents in his poetry. However, my understanding has been influenced most by Yeats’s exploration of key conflicts in ageing along with political anarchy. These are conveyed respectively in the poems “Wild Swans at Coole” (1916) and “Leda and the Swan” (1923), using the central symbol of the swan. In “Wild Swans at Coole”, Yeats

A comparison of "Deirdre" and "On Baile's Strand" by William Butler Yeats

1096 words - 4 pages TWO SIMILAR TRAGEDIES: DEIRDRE AND ON BAILE'S STRANDDeirdre and On Baile's Strand are two plays by William Butler Yeats that incorporate a tragic vision. Both plays deal with a single tragic moment in the life of an important figure. The plays are similar in structure and style. Yeats interweaves supernatural elements in both plays -- the Shape Changers in On Baile's Strand and the circumstances of Deirdre's birth and the question of her

A Comparison of Love Poetry

1583 words - 6 pages A Comparison of Love Poetry Works Cited Not Included Love is one of the most popular poetic themes. It is an intensely personal theme and can be approached in a great variety of ways. It is a theme affected by times. Many people believe that the true definition of love is found in the Bible. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 quotes, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude

Lord Alfred Tennyson as a Victorian

721 words - 3 pages is a very famous poet, is often regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age in poetry. Tennyson was a man who had seen pain and sorrow in his life. After the death of his best friend, Arthur Hallam, Tennyson found relief from his pain in writing. Many of his writings were indeed about his dead friend. For example in "The Passing of Arthur, the hero has the same name as Tennyson's friend and also many lyrical poems, that later

A Comparison Of "The Charge Of The Light Brigade" by Alfred Tennyson and "Disabled" by Wilfred Owen

819 words - 3 pages The Crimean war in the 1850s and the Great War in the early 1900s have both been an inspiration for great prose and poetry. Two such examples are "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred Tennyson inspired by the famous attack of the 1854, and "Disabled" by Wilfred Owen written following the Great War. They both portray a vivid image of war, but the poets give the impression of having completely opposing views on the subject.The Charge of the

A Comparison of The Destructors and Lord of the Flies

2384 words - 10 pages A Comparison of The Destructors and Lord of the Flies        In Graham Greene's "The Destructors," the author presents the Wormsley Common car-park gang, a group of adolescent delinquents who commit petty crimes for fun. William Golding, in his novel Lord of the Flies, presents a slightly younger group of boys who are wrecked on an uninhabited island and develop a primitive society that eventually collapses and gives

The Life of Alfred Lord Tennyson

1493 words - 6 pages Alfred Lord Tennyson, born August 6, 1809 in Somersby, Lincolnshire, was a famous British poet. He was the son of George Clayton Tennyson and Elizabeth Fytche; he was the fourth oldest out of twelve. Tennyson belonged to a noble and royal ancestry. His father was a great man that made significant contributions in the fields of painting, architecture, music, and poetry. His father was very involved in his children’s education. Alfred and two of

Similar Essays

The Poetry Of W.B. Yeats Essay

2332 words - 9 pages W.B. Yeats, a key figure of the modernist movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was born in Dublin in 1865. Although spending much of his childhood and youth in London, Yeats is seen as an inherently Irish literary figure. Through his early work, employing not only ancient Greek myth, but also Celtic legend, he sought to re-ignite in Ireland notions of heritage and tradition, which had diminished through the years. In

W.B. Yeats: Nationalistic Reflection In His Poetry

1079 words - 4 pages W.B. Yeats: Nationalistic Reflection in His Poetry William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet, dramatist, and prose writer who was one of most influential poets of the Twentieth century. His talents were celebrated by scholars and activists and, in 1923, Yeats received the Nobel Prize for literature. Through his poetry, Yeats confronted the reality that felt was Oppression and Heartship for himself and his Irish brethren. Armed only with a pen

Yeats' Development Through Poetry. About W.B. Yeats' Literary Development

2603 words - 10 pages William Butler Yeats can be described as one of the last romantics, despite broadening his style later in life to include some of the new modernist techniques and ideas. A man of deep respect for ceremony, Yeats maintained his passion for rhyme and meter throughout his life, and this appreciation of form kept him from jumping headlong into the realm of modernism. His poetry begins as highly romantic, fearful and introverted, but as Yeats matures

A Comparison Of 'my Last Duchess' By Robert Browning And 'ulysses' By Alfred Lord Tennyson

1078 words - 4 pages A Comparison of 'My Last Duchess' by Robert Browning and 'Ulysses' by Alfred Lord Tennyson These two poems, or monologues, were written by Robert Browning (My last Duchess) and Alfred Lord Tennyson (Ulysses), in the 19th century during the reign of Queen Victoria. Many other influential writers were also born in this period. During this time, Britain’s population doubled from 17.5 million to 37 million. Britain was a very