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Transcript of Tennyson's Poetry
Tennyson - background
Complete the questions on Page 3, 5 and 6 of the handout
Try to answer using your own initiative - we'll discuss after twenty minutes.
Tennyson and Keats
Read 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci'
Note these points:
Similarity to Keats - subject matter, period, formal
Medievalism - Romantic, Mythical
Differences? More personal, woman is empowered
The Lady of Shalott
Today: Tennyson's past
'Into the vally of death
Rode the six hundred'
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Odysseus (Greek name for Ulysses) was returning from the Trojan war...
Back to his native
Ithaca and Penelope
- it took him
The Romantic Poets reacted against modernisation.
The Victorian era saw a period of further modernisation.
Tennyson was born 1809. Just after the Romantics
Victorians had an interest in Medievalism - a period of when it was thought honour, bravery and manners prevalied.
Periods to remember:
Medieval - 1066-1483
The Romantic Poets - 1780 - early 1800s
Victorian - 1837-1901
You need to be aware of what these are. Keep as reference.
One foot in a line = monometer
When here the spring we see,
Fresh green upon the tree.
What about this?
It was a Trimeter.
What about this? (Byron's
Youth and Age)
'Tis but as ivy-leaves around the ruin'd turret wreathe,
All green and wildly fresh without, but worn and gray beneath.
O could I feel as I have felt, or be what I have been,
Or weep as I could once have wept o'er many a vanish'd scene,-
As springs in deserts found seem sweet, all brackish though they be,
So midst the wither'd waste of life, those tears would flow to me!
That was Heptameter (seven feet per line)
Frequently used by the Romantics.
But what about the sort of metrical feet?
Metrical lines - how many feet?
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Silver'd in the moon's eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe.
Any idea as the meter line and feet?
stressed followed by unstressed - opp' to
Answer - Trochaic Tetrameter
1: What was the Trojan War?
2: Explain how the Trojan horse was used
3: Who was Ulysses/Odysseus and
where did he travel?
4: Ulysses and James Joyce?
5: Tennyson and
Compose your own poem
Using four stanzas
Use a consistent metrical line