Analysis of Alfred Tennyson´s Three Poems Essay

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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 …show more content…

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 and Hallam who was also fond of writing poetry published a volume with Tennyson named Poems, Chiefly Lyrical which was criticized but later on started to receive favorable reviews and one of the poems named Mariana was highly praised.
In Mariana, Tennyson used objects and the environment to show how the character Mariana is feeling. Mariana is living in a Moated Grange however her depression affects her views of her surroundings. Throughout the entire poem all she thinks about is that her “life is dreary, He cometh not,” she said; She said, “I am aweary, aweary, I would that I were dead!”

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