Tennyson as a Victorian Poet

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Tennyson as a Victorian Poet

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) achieved, what so many poets and writers throughout the centuries were unable to achieve, fame and success during his lifetime. Indeed, in 1850, after the publication of “In Memoriam”, he was installed to the position of poet laureate. Tennyson not only distinguished himself by his work to date, but also honored with the responsibility of representing the state during its most solemn and celebratory occasions. As Poet Laureate, he represented the literary voice of the nation and, as such, he made occasional pronouncements on political affairs. For example, “The Charge of the Light Brigade” (1854) described a disastrous battle in the Crimean War and praised the heroism of the
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She lives in a magical world of art, imagination, and inactivity. She lives in her own alienated world. And she is destined to do so. The Lady is exiled from the world both by water and by height. She is imprisoned on a ‘silent isle’ within ‘four gray walls and, four gray towers’ that ‘overlook a space of flowers.’ In a sense, the world outside, is a world of passion; on the other hand, she lives in a world of paralyzed emotions.

Now, we can regard the Lady as a symbol of artists and poets of the Victorian age. And it is quite impossible for her to involve herself in any sort of social causes. But the involvement became increasingly important to the poets and artists of the Victorian period. The Lady only knows of love and knightly adventures, spirituality, the natural world, and the politics of life at court, but she is not vitally connected to any of it. Consequently, as we know, she is ‘half sick’ of this way. Her heart longed for love, for someone in the wide world from which she has been so long secluded. She has a desire lurking inside to be taken out of her region of shadows into that of realities. But once the Lady moves toward that life outside, the brilliance begins to fade and nature dons a gray and gloomy façade. She dies. Thus, she is forever denied the experience of an active and passionate