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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Alfred Lord Tennyson Alfred Lord Tennyson Social:- He was born in Lancashire, United Kingdom in 1809.- He was 4th out of 12 children- He loved to write from a very young age- His father suffered from mental breakdowns due to alcholholism. This contributed to the poem "In My Youth I Lost My Sire."- One of Tennysons brothers had violent quarrels with his father- Another one of Tennysons brothers was later confined to an insane asylum- Another one of Tennysons brothers became an opium addict Historically:- War of 1812 with U.S. (when Tennyson was a child)- Victorian Era in 1830s caused the new technology to bring the world to a much faster pace - Attracted the attention of the Apostles," an undergraduate literary club led by Arthur Hallam (After writing Poems by Two Brothers)- In 1842, however, Tennysons Poems in two volumes was a tremendous critical and popular success. - In 1850, with the publication of In Memoriam, Tennyson became one of Britains most popular poets.- He was selected Poet Laureate in succession to Wordsworth. Awards/Critism: This poem shows Tennyson obsession with death/grief: "Come not, when I am dead,To drop thy foolish tears upon my grave,To trample round my fallen head,And vex the unhappy dust thou wouldst not save.There let the wind sweep and the plover cry;But thou, go by." Social:- Tennyson escaped home in 1827 to attend Trinity College, Cambridge- The same year Tennyson went to college, he and his brother published a book of poetry- This book attracted the attention of The Apostles (an undergraduate literary club led by Arthur Hallam)- The Apostles provided Tennyson, who was tremendously shy, with much needed friendship and confidence as a poet. Social Context:- He toured Europe twice with his best friend, Arthur Hallam, and grieved when Hallam died young- Many of Hallams poems are dedicated to Hallamface condemnation for one volume of poetry, and would not publish another book for 9 years- He became engaged to Emily Sellwood, but lost his money due to bad investment, and her family called off the wedding- In the next ten years he received much success At the age of 41, Tennyson had established himself as the most popular poet of the Victorian era. The money from his poetry (at times exceeding 10,000 pounds per year) allowed him to purchase a house in the country and to write in relative seclusion. ) and he and Emily Sellwood were married- they had to sons, Hallam and Lionel- He read his poetry with a booming voice, often compared to that of Dylan Thomas- His appearancea large and bearded man, he regularly wore a cloak and a broad brimmed hatenhanced his notoriety.- He lived to be 81 years old- average life expectancy at that time was in the 40s 'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." - Tennyson
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