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Did you know significant events in a person’s life can inspire great masterpieces? Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote poetry from a young age until his death. His father, at first, did not support his poetry. He wrote no matter what but rarely received great reviews. It was not until the death of his best friend did his greater works occur. His works even won him the title of Poet Laureate, succeeding William Wordsworth. Tennyson was an active writer in his early years and his later years and his poetry shows his feelings of the world around him.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson was born in 1809 in Somersby, Lincolnshire (“British Literature”). He attended grammar school until age eleven and he was then homeschooled by his father. His father was very paranoid, abusive and violent and had a family of twelve unstable children, of which Tennyson is the fourth. He was not chosen as his father’s heir and instead became a member of the clergy and he wanted Tennyson to do the same (Everett). He began to show promise in writing at an early age. By age fourteen, he had written a drama in blank verse and a 6000 line epic poem (Alfred). When it was time for Tennyson to go to college, he decided to follow his two older brothers to Trinity College, Cambridge. It was there that he joined the Apostles, where he met his best friend, Arthur Henry Hallam (Everett).
It was in college as an undergrad when Tennyson published his first work with his brothers, Poems by Two Brothers in 1827. He published his first solo volume in 1830, titled Poems, Chiefly Lyrical (“British Literature”). He also met his best friend as an undergrad. Even though he and Hallam only knew each other for four years, their friendship was very strong. Hallam became engaged to Tennyson’s sister...

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...himself to the universe and wonders if he will disappear in its vastness. He asks if he will have dark days due to the immense darkness of the universe. He mentions the works of God within the universe. He also says he has limited encounters with God because of his human state. He tells God he’s not afraid of being hidden from Him because His power is great. He ends by saying he’s not afraid of the world, himself, or God (Levi 320).

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