Wordsworth's and Tennyson's poems are both about someone who was close
to them and is now gone. However Tennyson uses the physical
surroundings to portray his emotions as well as his own reactions
whereas Wordsworth's poem is less specific and less obvious about his
feelings, focusing his attention on the lost person.
Tennyson's poem is more about himself, "I stand, my heart, Behold me,
for I cannot sleep, I creep". Because he describes his own actions,
the poem is very self absorbed and the reader doesn't get to know
about the person that is now gone. On the other hand, Wordsworth does
focus his attention on the lost person and in fact the whole poem is
about her: only at the end does he refer back to himself, "The
difference to me!"
Both poems use metaphors and produce vivid imagery. Wordsworth
describes Lucy throughout most of the poem whereas Tennyson is focused
on his own feelings and the description of the physical surroundings
is used to mirror these emotions. Here, Wordsworth is describing Lucy
and refers to her as being shy and unique as there were none to
compare her with; the violet being a symbol for a timid personality.
"A violet by a mossy stone
Half hidden by the eye!
Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky"
Tennyson by contrast doesn't resort to metaphors to describe his
friend. All Tennyson's descriptions are emotive, "Dark house, by which
once more I stand Here in the long unlovely streetâ€¦And ghastly through
the drizzling rain On the bald street breaks the blank day." he sets
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...narrative poem and
more of a description then a sequence of actions like Tennyson's poem.
In comparison, the basic meter in Tennyson's poem is iambic tetrameter
with irregular stresses such as the two long stresses at the
beginning, "Dark house," resulting in a slower and heavy atmosphere
which portrays how he feels. He also uses enjambment rather then
pauses at the end of each line like Wordsworth, as he is narrating his
actions and again producing a gloomy effect.
To conclude, the poems have their similarities but the main difference
is how the emotions are portrayed -Tennyson's furtive behaviour as
well as the morbid surroundings and Wordsworth's subtle description of
Lucy and her life. In the end it is clear that they both feel that
they have lost someone important and it has made a difference to their
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