Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson was born on August 6, 1809, in Somersby, Lincolnshire, England. He showed a talent for writing growing up. When Alfred was twelve he wrote a 6,000-line epic poem. He ran away to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1827. Also in 1827 him and his brother published Poems by Two Brothers. The poems in the book got the attention of an undergraduate literary club called “Apostles.” Arthur Hallam was the leader of the club. Although Alfred was shy, the “Apostles” helped him to become a confident poet. Arthur and Alfred became best friends, but then Arthur died in 1833. This death affected Alfred and his poems. The elegy In Memoriam and some other poems are for Arthur. In 1830, he published Poems, Chiefly Lyrical and in 1832 he published a second volume named Poems. After bad reviews on those two poems, Alfred would not publish another book for nine years. He became engaged to Emily Sellwood in 1836. When he lost money 1840, the Emilys family called off the marriage. In 1842 Poems was a huge success. Alfred soon became one of Britain’s most popular poets. When those became famous he married Emily and had two boys, Hallam and Lionel.When Alfred was 41, he was one of the most popular poets of the Victorian era. He was able to buy a house in the country so he could peacefully write poems. In 1859, Alfred published the first poems of Idylls of the Kings. He died on October 6, 1892.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Sunset and evening star And one clear call for me!And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea,But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam,When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns again home.Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark!And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark;For though from out our bourne of Time and Place The flood may bear me far,I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have crossed the bar.

"Crossing the Bar"

Meaning of "Crossing the Bar":The speaker refers to the sea as death. He doesn't want anyone to be sad and cry when he leaves.

Meaning of "Tears, Idle Tears":This speaker starts to cry as he is thinking about his past.The past for him is sad because it reminds him of the dead that was once the living. As he thinks about the past he also remembers how much he loves his life and all of the experiences he had.

I chose Alfred Lord Tennyson as my poet because his poems are very deep and they make you think about their meaning.

-Imagery: “Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail”-Tone: “sinks with all we love” -Theme: Everything good must come to an end.-Simile: “Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail”-Personification: “That brings our friends up from the underworld”

"Tears, Idle Tears"

-1st Person Point of View-Rhyme Scheme-Simile: "but such a tide as moving seems asleep"-Theme: the sea and crossing the bar-Tone: sad and never knowing what could happen.

Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,Tears from the depth of some divine despairRise in the heart, and gather in the eyes,In looking on the happy autumn-fields,And thinking of the days that are no more. Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail,That brings our friends up from the underworld,Sad as the last which reddens over oneThat sinks with all we love below the verge;So sad, so fresh, the days that are no more. Ah, sad and strange as in dark summer dawnsThe earliest pipe of half-awakened birdsTo dying ears, when unto dying eyesThe casement slowly grows a glimmering square;So sad, so strange, the days that are no more. Dear as remembered kisses after death,And sweet as those by hopeless fancy feignedOn lips that are for others; deep as love,Deep as first love, and wild with all regret;O Death in Life, the days that are no more!


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