ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
The poet of Englishness and Britishness in the Victorian Age.
He wrote about the past, the Middle Ages, the legends of King Arthur and the round table, the tradition of chivalry (as a set of values such as generosity, self-abnegation, courage that can also be improved in the present). He also wrote about the present: the principles of contemporary England and Britain. So he was not only nostalgic, but he also celebrated the institutions of England and their missions (defending Christianity, expanding the Empire and bringing civilization to primitive people).
Very often in his poetry he acted like a sage = wise interpreter of the meaning of life. This is visible in “In Memoriam (1850): it’s a long elegy in rimes. It was dedicated to his friend Hallam, died young. Tennyson was devastated and began to write poems mourning this death and celebrating his life. This book became a kind of vademecum (how to live life and how to face death). This was true for Queen Victoria too because her husband died young and she found consolation in Tennyson’s book. “It’s better to have blood and loss than never to have loved at all”.
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