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Are these poems about a lost past, or are they really about Victorian England?

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Claudio Movio/ SM2 Are these poems about a lost past, or are they really about Victorian England? Tennyson was very eager and talented as a writer and began with early attempts of play writing with his play The Devil and the Lady at the age of fourteen. He also attempted other work with his two brothers Frederick and Charles before he began his three years at Cambridge. During Tennyson's time at Cambridge he wrote a prize-winning poem entitled Timbuctoo, which he wrote in 1829. Tennysons farther an intelligent clergyman in Lincolnshire died in 1831 which left Alfred incharge and responsible for the family and its income. Some of Alfred's most famous pieces, such Lotus-Eaters, A Dream of Fair Women, and The Lady of Shalott were concluded in his volume Poems of 1832. For a time after this Tennyson did not write many more poems for he was shocked by the sudden death of Hallam, a close friend which he met during his time in Cambridge. ...read more.

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with no escape with out fearing something bad will happen to her. She is also weaving as women were expected to do. Though the Lady of shalott does have passion for the outside world as we see. We also find that there is a mirror in her tower, which allows her to see things that go by, for example "sometimes a curley shepherd lad". "And moving thro` a mirror clear That hangs before her all the year, Shadows of the world appear. There she sees the highway near" The mirror is in comparrison to how a woman in Victorian times would of only been able to see the world through the eyes of her husband, the mirror is the image the husband gives to the wife. This is very much how it would have been during Victorian times. As sir Lancelot "came dazzing thro` the leaves" the Lady of Shalott noticed him through the mirror and began to focus on him "a red-crossed knight" as he came riding down to Camelot. ...read more.

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one road going through them leading to the centre of the town, there is also the island of Shalott in the distance across the river. We imagin the town to be crowded and busy as it says "and up ad down the people go" Another of Tennysons poems "Sir Galahad" this poem is about a lost past and was also written after 1842 which is a sign of this. This poem was originaly created by a poet named Mallorey. Mallorey wrote the original Aurtherian legends of poems such as Morte D`Arthur, Sir Lancelot and Queen Guiniver, Sir Galahad. Tennyson used Malloreys idears and adapted them to his version. This poem (Sir Galahad) is about honnor and nobility where Galahad goes on his quest to find the holy grail this was like the people in Victorian times which were searching for God in their lifes and religion. We must not forget that at the time this poem is set and written, Dawins theroy on the origin of people was around and people were not sure what to belive God or evolution. ...read more.

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