Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire, England on August 6, 1809. Tennyson was the fourth of twelve children and showed an early talent for writing; at the age of twelve he wrote a 6,000-line epic poem. His father tutored his sons in classical and modern languages, however, in the 1820s,Tennyson’s father began to suffer frequent mental breakdowns that were exacerbated by alcoholism. In 1827, Tennyson attended Trinity College, Cambridge and in 1830, Tennyson published Poems, Chiefly Lyrical and in 1832 he published a second volume entitled simply Poems. In 1850, with the publication of In Memoriam, Tennyson became one of Britain’s most popular poets and was selected Poet Laureate in succession to Wordsworth.

Movement: Victorian

Prevalent Literary Themes: perserverance/optimism, religion/science, death, tragedy

Prevalent Literary Devices: rhyme scheme, imagery, metaphor, juxtaposition

When matched to Alfred Lord Tennyson, it means that similarities have been found between your poetic style and the themes and literary techniques typically seen in works by this famous poet. For example, you might use powerful metaphor and strong imagery the same way that Tennyson does. Recognizing these similarities is important because it gives you information about the history of your poetic style, which poets might inspire you, and what writing techniques you should try next.

Which Writing Techniques Should You Try Next?

Try using rhyme scheme and juxtaposition more often. You might also like experimenting with allusions in different genres and motifs, symbols and images.

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