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What is the main theme of the poem "Ring Out, Wild Bells" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson?  

The main theme of the poem "Ring Out, Wild Bells" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson is Renewal. This is apparent in the opening stanza where the poet writes: The year is dying in the night;...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2012 7:01 pm UTC

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What is a crtical appreciation of "Break, Break, Break" by Alfred Tennnyson?

A "critical appreciation," or critical analysis, consists of a discussion of themes, thesis, structure, literary devices including elements, which are common to all specimens of the literary type,...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2010 9:25 am UTC

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How does Alfred Lord Tennyson portray nature in his poems?

Alfred Lord Tennyson was a Victorian writer. The Victorian period's establishment revolved around Queen Victoria. The works from this period changed dramatically from the beginning (1837 to 1870)...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2011 1:14 am UTC

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What is a stanza-by-stanza summary of the poem "The Brook" by Alfred Lord Tennyson?

A summary of Tennyson's "The Brook" is a very straightforward thing once you realize that the poetic voice, or the speaker, in this simple allegorical poem is the personified brook (who may be...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2010 6:02 am UTC

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What are the features of Victorian period poetry, especially pertaining to Tennyson and Browning?

While Victorian interest in medievalism does depart from Romantic poetry, it cannot be overlooked that Romantics, such as Keats and Coleridge, did use medieval themes in their poetry. For examples...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2014 5:57 pm UTC

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Critical appreciation of "Break, Break, Break" by Tennyson elaborating upon the figures of speech used in it.

Here is the poem: Break, Break, Break Break, break, break,On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!And I would that my tongue could utterThe thoughts that arise in me.O well for the fisherman's boy,That he...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2010 10:18 pm UTC

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What is the rhyme scheme for "The Oak" by Lord Alfred Tennyson?

Rhyme scheme is defined by looking at the last word of each line of poetry. In regards to the poem in question, "The Oak" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the last word of each line of poetry is as...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2011 8:52 am UTC

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I need help comparing Tennyson and Browning.  

Although both Tennyson and Browning are important Victorian poets, they differ in background and style. First, Tennyson was a member of the British upper classes with wealthy grandparents, but due...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2016 6:29 pm UTC

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Can anyone give me a very brief summary of "The Princess" by Alfred Lord Tennyson? I am home schooled and, as a...

Often it is easy to underestimate the intelligence of Alfred Lord Tennyson due to the sheer beauty of his verse. The key to reading and understanding the poem is to realize that the most important...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2017 3:27 pm UTC

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What is a critical analyses of the Tennyson's poem "The Deserted House?"  

Given that a critical analysis is based upon a reader's own personal response to a text, any given text will, assuredly, bring about many different responses. In regard to Tennyson's poem "The...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2011 3:53 am UTC

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Trace the romantic elements in Tennyson's poetry.

Tennyson, born in 1809, came of age during the time of heightening power for the Romantic poets, beginning with William Blake, who lived from 1757 to 1827, and ending with John Keats, who lived...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2018 10:47 pm UTC

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Broadly discuss the critical analysis of "The Lotos Eaters" by Tennyson.

Tennyson wrote this poem based on an episode of The Odyssey where Odysseus and his men stay on an island where the people who live there are subject to a strange and powerful plant that reduces...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2012 8:20 pm UTC

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In "The Eagle" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, what is the eagle a symbol of?

On one level, this poem could be read as an actual depiction of an eagle that employs some figurative language to achieve a more compelling and dramatic effect. On another level, this poem can be...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2016 12:53 pm UTC

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How do the Greek myths function in Tennyson's poems "The Lotos Eaters" and "Ulysses"? Why did he go back to Greek and...

"The Lotos-Eaters" alludes to the encounter with the lotus eaters had by Odysseus and his crew in Homer's The Odyssey. The speaker tells of the lotus eaters approaching Odysseus's ship and the way...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2017 7:34 pm UTC

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What is a summary of the poem "The Brook" written by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem The Brook is a poem about perseverance and presence and how time may affect many things but nature will still persist even as things may change. It is significant that...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2015 8:24 am UTC

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What is a brief summary of the poem "Morte d' Arthur" by Alfred Lord Tennyson?

The title of Tennyson's "Morte d'Arthur" quite effectively sums up the basic subject of the poem: it follows the end of the Arthurian legend (the title quite literally means "Death of Arthur" in...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2019 4:17 am UTC

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In "The Eagle," what is effective about the expressions "ringed with the azure world," "wrinkled," "crawls," and...

These are all effective in creating images in the poem and in establishing physical point of view. He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ringed with the...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2009 3:10 am UTC

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Regarding In Memoriam A. H. H. by Tennyson: What are the Victorian elements in this poem?

In Memoriam A. H. H. by Tennyson is a vast work that reveals characteristics of Victorian poetic theory in myriad ways. A small sampling here that will give guidance as to Tennyson's implementation...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2010 2:50 am UTC

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Does Tennyson's poem "The Palace of Art" focus on identity? How? Why?

This poem has a great deal to do with the theme of identity, and in particular with the desire of the speaker of this poem to isolate himself in a world of art, private sensation and stasis. The...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2013 6:04 am UTC

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How would I approach writing a comparison between "A River" by Ramanujan and "The Brook" by Tennyson?

I think that one particular point of view that might be needed in any comparison between both poems is the fundamental approach taken in each to the natural world. In Tennyson's poem, there is a...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2012 9:43 am UTC

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In the introduction to her study "Victorian Poetry: Poetry, poetics and politics", Isobel Armstrong states that...

Armstrong's analysis makes sense when it is placed in the intellectual tradition where Victorian poets like Tennyson followed their Romantic counterparts and preceded the Modernists. In seeing the...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2014 12:40 am UTC

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Which side did Tennyson take in the conflict between science and religion in the Victorian Age?

In his works, Tennyson combined his interest for science with his (unorthodox) Christian faith. Tennyson was particularly interested in geology and biology. He was influenced by the elaboration of...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2010 11:33 pm UTC

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Discuss the differences of approach in Tennyson's and Browning's attempts to address the ills of their society.

Victorian English society had many "ills," among them a world changing from rural and bucolic to increasingly commercial, a widening gulf between the affluent and the poor, an embrace of a...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2017 4:21 pm UTC

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In "Morte D'Arthur," what does "the old order" mean in Arthur's perspective in the quote "the old order changeth,...

In the poem "Morte D'Arthur" by Tennyson, Sir Bedivere had been mourning the loss of the old way of life of the Knights of the Round Table as he was saying that "the true old times are dead" and...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2010 9:44 am UTC

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I am searching for a detailed critical analysis of the poem, "The Deserted House" by Alfred Tennyson. My question...

Tennyson's poem "The Deserted House" can be critically analyzed in different ways depending on the interpretation of the reader. This being said, know that this is simply my own understanding of...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2011 1:24 am UTC

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What is the description of the kraken in Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem, "The Kraken"?

The kraken is a mythical sea monster in the form of a large octopus. Tennyson’s description of the kraken is almost sympathetic. He spends less time on the physical description, and more on the...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2013 4:35 pm UTC

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I have written an answer on the poem "Kraken" to the following question. My IGCSE board is coming up, and I was...

I’m reluctant to give you a mark out of 25 without being familiar with the specific marking criteria, but I can gladly offer you some feedback which, hopefully, you will find constructive. In your...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2020 5:42 pm UTC

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How to write an autobiography on a brook related to Tennyson's poem "The Brook"?

Let's look at what an autobiography is so that we can decide how to attempt one from a brook's point of view. An autobiography is a self-written story of a person's life. Knowing this, we have to...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2015 5:41 pm UTC

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Who is Alfred Lord Tennyson and what literary work has he contributed? Overview of the author's life and/or work over...

Alfred Lord Tennyson (born Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, 1809-1892) is one of England's greatest poets and is second only to William Shakespeare as the most quoted of all writers (according...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2011 9:14 am UTC

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How would you write a two-page, informal response to Tennyson's poem "Oenone," focusing on the ways in which the...

As the poem opens, Oenone is sad and heartbroken that Paris, her husband, has left her for Helen. The nature around her reflects her depression by falling silent and drooping, just as she is doing....

Latest answer posted April 26, 2018 1:52 am UTC

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What are keywords, contrast ,images, metaphor, setting that contribute to how the poem is constructed ? Alfred Lord...

In poetry, there is usually one controlling metaphor and a tension that is set up between two ideas. Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, "Break, break, break," sets up such a tension between the...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2010 1:17 am UTC

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How does "Break, Break, Break" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson support or negate that deep sorrow may intensify one's...

This poem by the "great rhythmic teacher and prophet...of a Spiritual Universe" is melancholic as were his early poems. Also, it calls to mind the reflection of Ralph Waldo Emerson that "Nature...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2011 2:35 am UTC

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Discuss what Tennyson meant when he said that Wordsworth "uttered nothing base."

When Tennyson succeeds Wordsworth as Poet Laureate, his words about Wordsworth gain even more significance and meaning. Overall, the words speak to the idea that Wordsworth sought to construct a...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2012 9:20 am UTC

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In what way does "Morte d'Arthur" suggest that faith and opportunity for noble action might return in modern times?

Let us remember Arthur's final speech before he leaves Camelot on the barge that will take him to Avilion to be restored. Note what he says to Sir Bedivere, the only knight he is in attendance on...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2011 7:31 pm UTC

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Can someone give me an example of a homework assignment for Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "The Kraken?"

For a homework assignment on this poem, a teacher might ask students to conduct a little preliminary research on what the Kraken is. Minimal research would turn up descriptions of its origins in...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2019 4:35 pm UTC

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How many poems did Tennyson write?

The easiest list to read is on the second link. Most of the research does not number his works. However, there is one site that did (second link). It has the number at 104. I'm not 100% sure if...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2009 10:33 am UTC

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In "Ring out, wild bells," why is pride in place and blood considered to be false?

"Ring out, wild bells" starts with a plea for change, addressed to nature itself: "The year is dying in the night; / Ring out, wild bells, and let him die." It pauses on an image of snow, which is...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2016 6:36 am UTC

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In "Ulysses," how is the story of Ulysses told, and what is the narrative structure used?

The poem "Ulysses" by Lord Alfred Tennyson is a dramatic monologue, which was a style so new that many readers may have mistaken it for a soliloquy in the style of Shakespeare. Tennyson and Robert...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2010 10:18 am UTC

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  During the Victorian period, there were many social changes and intellectual developments. As a result, a crisis of...

"In Memoriam," a poem Tennyson composed in memory of his friend Arthur Henry Hallam, who died suddenly in 1833, appeared in 1849. During the 17 years it took Tennyson to write his poem,...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016 6:24 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the setting in Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "Mariana"?

The setting of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem “Mariana” contributes powerfully to the gloomy, depressing mood of the work. The poem opens by mentioning “blackest moss,” a phrase in which the...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2011 7:45 am UTC

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"Keats begot Tennyson and Tennyson begot all the rest." Comment in relation to Tennyson's work.

William Faulkner was one writer who had a negative opinion of Tennyson. Here is something interesting, amusing, and original that Faulkner has to say about the famous English poet: One wall of the...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2014 12:09 am UTC

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Describe Alfred Tennyson as a poet of imagination.

All great poets are poets of imagination, since imagination is the essence of all that is artistic. To understand the special qualities of Tennyson's imaginative power, we might do best by seeing...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019 6:55 pm UTC

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What does light symbolize in "The Lady of Shallot"?

In Alfred Lord Tennyson’s famous poem “The Lady of Shalott,” a fair maiden is trapped in a tower weaving, cursed if she ever stops her work to gaze out her window. Light bears symbolic significance...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2018 3:04 pm UTC

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Can you help me to analyze section 69 of the poem In Memoriam by Alfred, Lord Tennyson?   i dreamed there would be...

Alfred, Lord Tennyson's work, In Memorium, was an enormous success. It was written during the Victorian era, seen as a chaotic time of "scientific discovery and growing industrialization." Many...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2011 1:56 am UTC

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What is the effect of the following archaic language in this poem? "Stood sunset-flush'd: and dew'd with showery...

This archaic vocabulary and these contractions are Tennyson's attempts at regularizing the cadence of the lines into iabic feet at first reading, so that the reader does not mistake such...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2012 4:46 am UTC

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How has Tennyson portrayed the imgaes of after-death in the poem "Maud: A Monodrama"? This question is based on...

Alfred Tennyson portrays the images of a post-death (after death) experience in the following quotes: And my heart is a handful of dust,...And my bones are shaken with pain, / For into a shallow...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2010 12:34 am UTC

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Can anyone give some exampes of courage in Tennyson's poetry?

Courage can be found in many of Tennyson's poems. Perhaps the most obvious example to examine would be "The Charge of the Light Brigade," where the Light Brigade rode into certain "death" when they...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2013 5:44 pm UTC

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How does Alfred, Lord Tennyson bring about the beauty and the power of the eagle in the poem "The Eagle"?

Through personification and simile the 19th century English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson shows the majestic beauty of the eagle in his short poem, "The Eagle." Tennyson paints a simple picture in two...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2016 5:29 pm UTC

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I need to write one of Tennyson's Poems.  Can anyone help?

One of my all time favorite poems by Tennyson would have to be "Ulysses." There seems to be so much in way of thematic richness that I find it very appealing. The idea of being able to...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2009 8:41 pm UTC

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In Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem "Mariana," who is Mariana?

Tennyson's poem is a retelling of a part of the plot of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. In that play, Mariana is engaged to the hypocritical Angelo. She thinks he loves her, but he only wants to...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2019 9:20 pm UTC

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