Creator / Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) was an English poet and poet laureate from 1852 onwards. Tennyson is perhaps best known for his epic eulogy In Memoriam
which was dedicated to his best friend Arthur Hallam who died tragically young at the age of twenty two. Other poems of Tennyson include "Locksley Hall", "The Lady of Shalott", "Ulysses", and "The Charge of the Light Brigade".
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Other tropes in Tennyson's work include:
- Age Without Youth: The title character of "Tithonus" asks for his "gift" of eternal life to be taken away, as it is worthless without also having eternal youth. Alas, "the Gods themselves cannot recall their gifts."
- Blue Blood: Dismissed as unimportant in "Lady Clara Vere de Vere"
Trust me, Clara Vere de Vere,
From yon blue heavens above us bent
The gardener Adam and his wife
Smile at the claims of long descent.
Howe'er it be, it seems to me,
'Tis only noble to be good.
Kind hearts are more than coronets,
And simple faith than Norman blood.
- Cycle of Revenge: In "The Voyage of Maeldune", the hero is told to forbear his revenge because
And his white hair sank to his heels, and his white beard fell to his feet,
And he spake to me, 'O Maeldune, let be this purpose of thine!
Remember the words of the Lord when he told us, "Vengeance is mine!"
His fathers have slain thy fathers in war or in single strife.
Thy fathers have slain his fathers, each taken a life for a life,
Thy father had slain his father, how long shall the murder last?
Go back to the Isle of Finn and suffer the Past to be Past.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: The elegy "Crossing the Bar", which is about accepting death, using the metaphor of a ship crossing a sandbar as it puts out to sea. Tennyson requested that it be placed last in collections of his poetry, and it usually has been ever since his death.
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.
- Fictional United Nations: One part of "Locksley Hall" (1842) has the narrator speculating on the future. After correctly predicting aviation, aerial commerce, and aerial combat, the narrator predicts the wars will be ended by "the Parliament of man, the Federation of the world".
- Unable to Cry: In the poem "Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead" (inspired by the "First Lay of Gudrun" in the Poetic Edda), a queen does neither weep nor speak when her husband is brought home dead. Her handmaids believe she will die if she does not weep, but their efforts have no effect until an old nurse brings the queen's child to her. The queen weeps, saying she will live on for his and her child.
- Wife Husbandry: The legendary King Cophetua had no interest in women until he fell in love with a beggar child and decided to raise her to be his queen. This story is best known through Tennyson's poem "The Beggar Maid."