Tennysons women are more engaging then his men. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

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Tennyson’s women are more engaging then his men. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

Whether Tennyson’s women are more engaging than his men relies on personal preference. The stories and background behind each female or male character differs in each poem. As the female and male characters vary throughout Tennyson’s collection of poems, it is difficult to justify whether women as a collection are more engaging since different characters contribute different levels of interest.

To some extent I agree that Tennyson’s women are more engaging then his men. The female character of Marianna is particularly captivating and Tennyson uses different devices to entice the reader into the poem. The psychological landscape mirrors Marianna’s psychological decay as she awaits her lover. This is shown through images of deterioration of the physical environment, however as time progresses Marianna is stuck inside this separate sphere where her psychological state is immobile but her physical wellbeing is ageing. ‘…Weeded and worn the ancient thatch upon the lonely moated grange.’ This makes the reader feel inquisitive about Marianna and her dreaminess state. The use of imagery heightens the effect of the language and enthralls the reader to such an extent that they must continue reading the poem.

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In comparison to Sir Lancelot in the Lady of Shalott, his brief interlude in the poem to remark on the Lady of Shalott’s appearance makes him appear callous and egotistic. In contrast Marianna appears more engaging then Sir Lancelot because she represented as mysterious and enigmatic character, while Sir Lancelot lacks personality and individuality. Tennyson makes Sir Lancelot originally appear heroic and noble through the use of a simile. ‘Hung in the golden Galaxy. The bridle bells rang merrily, as he rode down from Camelot.’ This engrosses the reader and makes them feel as if Sir Lancelot has a ...

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