Alfred Tennyson, was born on August 6, 1809and died on October 6, 1892.
He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom during much of Queen Victoria’s reign and remains one of the most popular poets in the English language.
While many lyrics poems have been composed by Tynnyson, such as “Ulysses“, “Tears, Idle Tears“, “The Two Voices” and “The Pricess” “Mariana” poem is may be the most which shows the poet’s skills in composing poetry.
The “Ulysses” is a poem in blank verse by the Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892), written in 1833 and published in 1842 in Tennyson’s well-received second volume of poetry. An oft-quoted poem, it is popularly used to illustrate the dramatic monologue
form. Ulysses describes, to an unspecified audience, his discontent and restlessness upon returning to his kingdom, Ithaca, after his far-ranging travels. Facing old age, Ulysses yearns to explore again, despite his reunion with his wife Penelope and son Telemachus.
The character of Ulysses (in Greek, Odysseus) has been explored widely in literature. The adventures of Odysseus were first recorded in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey (c. 800–700 BC), and Tennyson draws on Homer’s narrative in the poem. Most critics, however, find that Tennyson’s Ulysses recalls Dante’s Ulisse in his Inferno (c. 1320).
In Dante’s re-telling, Ulisse is condemned to hell among the false counsellors, both for his pursuit of knowledge beyond human bounds and for his adventures in disregard of his family.
The “Tears, Idle Tears” is a lyric poem written in 1847 by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892), the Victorian-era English poet. Published as one of the “songs” in his The Princess
(1847), it is regarded for the quality of its lyrics. A Tennyson anthology describes the poem as “one of the most Virgilian of Tennyson’s poems and perhaps his most famous lyric”.
Tennyson was inspired to write “Tears,Idle Tears” upon a visit to Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, an abbey that was abandoned in 1536. He said the convent was “full for me of its bygone memories”, and that the poem was about “the passion of the past, the
abiding in the transient.” William Wordsworth also wrote a poem inspired by this location in 1798, “Tintern Abbey”, which develops a similar theme.
The Two Voices is a poem written by British Poet Laureate Alfred Tennyson between 1833 and 1834, published in his 1842 volume of Poems. Tennyson wrote the poem, titled “Thoughts of a Suicide” in manuscript, after the death of his friend Arthur Henry Hallam in 1833. Tennyson explained, “When I wrote ‘The Two Voices’ I was so utterly miserable, a
burden to myself and to my family, that I said, ‘Is life worth anything?'” (Hill, 54). In the poem, one voice urges the other to suicide; the poet’s arguments against it range from vanity to desperation, yet the voice discredits all.
Mariana Poem , however, was a poem published in 1830. When he was 21 years old. The poem follows a common theme in much of Tennyson’s work or may be reflecting his philosophy—that of despondent isolation. The subject of Mariana is a woman who continuously laments her lack of connection with society. The isolation defines her existence, and her longing for a connection leaves her wishing for death at the end of every stanza.
The premise of Mariana originates in William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, but the lover of Tennyson’s Mariana does not return at the end of the poem. www.dryahyatv.com