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50 Greatest Poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson
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Alfred Tennyson was born in Somersby Lincolnshire in 1809. His father was a rector at the local church. However it was when Tennyson was at Trinity College , Cambridge that his talents were really... More > recognised with his first individual collection of poetry in 1830. After his father died in 1831, Tennyson left Cambridge and helped to look after his mother. In 1833 he published his second collection of poetry which included The Lady of Shalott which was not received well by critics. After this Tennyson did not publish another collection for 10 years. In 1842 Tennyson published another collection which was a great success and by 1850 Tennyson was considered one of the leading poets of his day. This led to him being appointed Poet Laureate, a post which he held to his death in 1892. In his lifetime he was known for his long epic poems such as In Memoriam and Idylls of the King. However in the 20th century his shorter poems such as Break. Break, Break and Crossing the Bar have gained popularity.< Less
Great Victorian Poets - Volume 1
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Britain in the 19th Century was on its way to become an industrial and political superpower. However the reign of Queen Victoria also stressed the importance of religion and stability. Our three... More > poets reflect the cultural and social effect that these changes were having on society. Tennyson saw the growth of Britain has a heroic adventure and his poetry reflected this with his epic poems that celebrated past and present glories. Hopkins saw glory not in the industrial power , but in the power of religion and God. Christina Rossetti also looked to God , but she also reflected on the role of women in this brave new world. Many view Tennyson as the great tradition Victorian poet , however both Hopkins and Rossetti were influential by their innovation . All three poets have maintained a level of popularity into the 20th and 21st Centuries with their poems regularly featuring in anthologies and collections.< Less
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