He and Tennyson knew each other only four years, but their intense friendship had a major influence on the poet. On a visit to Somersby, Hallam met and later became engaged to Emily Tennyson, and the two friends looked forward to a life-long companionship. Hallam died from illness in 1833 at the age of 22 and shocked Tennyson profoundly. His grief lead to most of his best poetry, including "In Memoriam", "The Passing of Arthur", "Ulysses", and "Tithonus". Since Tennyson was always sensitive to criticism, The bad reviews of his 1832 poems hurt him greatly.
The poet's grandfather had violated tradition by making his younger son, Charles, his heir, and arranging for the poet's father to enter the ministry. The contrast of his own family's relatively straitened circumstances to the great wealth of his aunt Elizabeth Russell and Uncle Charles Tennyson made Tennyson feel particularly impoverished and led him to worry about money all his life (Everett). Tennyson had a fear of epilepsy that ran in his family. His father and brother, Arthur, made their condition worse by drinking. After that, his brother was put into a mental institution and his father soon became paranoid and violent.
In the 1820s, however, Tennyson's father began to suffer frequent mental breakdowns that were exacerbated by alcoholism. "One of Tennyson's brothers had violent quarrels with his father, a second was later confined to an insane asylum, and another became an opium addict" (Everett 1). In 1828, Alfred, with his closest brother Charles, matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where their brother Frederick was already a student. He studied there less than three years, and seemed to not have learned a great deal, and disliked Cambridge heartily. In 1830, Tennyson published Poems, Chiefly Lyrical and in 1832 he published a second volume entitled simply Poems.
Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe's life problems had a profound impact on his various short stories and poems. Poe's problems started seemingly right after birth. His biological father, David Poe, Jr., was an alcoholic and often abused Poe (Encyclopedia Americana, 274-275). Shortly after the age of two, Poe's mother died. He only had memories of her vomiting and being carried away by "sinister men dressed in black", as he put it (American Writers III).
Alfred Tennyson was born in the early 1800’s to his parents, George and Elizabeth (Fytche) Tennyson. Tennyson wasn’t a very well known poet until he published some of his poems about his best friend, Arthur Hallam. His poems pertain to his own life and feelings after the death of Hallam. In his poem, In Memoriam A.H.H., Tennyson writes about his depression about losing his best friend. After his best friend’s death, Alfred Tennyson wrote some of his best poems about his grief and losing someone special in your life.
Edgar Allan Poe was a child whose life was riddled with pain from the beginning. By the age of two his father had already fled the house and his mother had died in a circus accident. Then suddenly his life made a change for the good he was adopted by a rich family who cared about him. Edgar’s death though still clouded, by shroudery was apparently caused by the alcohol that he had consumed that fateful night. Alcohol had always left an impression in his life through the good and the bad he was known to be an alcoholic.
Who is the man behind the literature that had become so much a part of today’s culture? What experiences may he have drawn upon in order to create his many masterpieces? Edgar Allan Poe’s mental illness impacted his life in many ways, and strongly influenced his works. Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809, to David and Elizabeth Poe, both actors, in Boston, Massachusetts. His father, a heavy drinker, abandoned the family when Poe was a year old, and at two years of age, Poe witnessed his mother’s death of tuberculosis.
Poe's life started tragically, when his father deserted his family and his mother died of tuberculosis (Bloom 1999). The death of his mother could have influenced some of his darker themes in his poems about death .He lived his childhood with a foster family who paid for his education (Bloom 1999). He went to a University for a while until he got into trouble. He had a gambling issue that latter put him into great debt; his foster father refused to pay for (Bloom 1999). Poe put his soul into writing and he used his personal experiences through out life.
He faced the decline and death of his alcoholic, ambitious father (Dickey 1). We watched him as he shunted around the country as a poor relation as he borrowed money from the bank and then failed to pay it back (Dickey 1). He considers suicide, loses a child, and then settles on poetry as a salvation to cope with his problems (Dickey 1). Robert Lee Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California (Sampson 1). Frost’s father was a local newspaper journalist who was originally from New England, his name was William Prescott Frost Jr (Dickey 1).
He wrote the poem after the death of his friend Arthur Henry Hallam, which affected him deeply and changed the way he thought. To begin to understand this, Glenn Everett will provide a little background. “He and Tennyson knew each other only four years, but their intense friendship had major influence on the poet. On a visit to Somersby, Hallam met and later became engaged to Emily Tennyson, and the two friends looked forward to a life-long companionship. Hallam's death from illness in 1833 (he was only 22) shocked Tennyson profoundly, and his grief lead to most of his best poetry.” So knowing this, what is it that makes this poem so great?