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'lord Alfred Tennyson' was born on August 6 th 1809, in Somersby, Lincolnshire, England.

During Tennysons life time (19th century) women were expected to marry and have children. when a woman got married they could not own property, even inherited property, and her wealth was automatically passed to her husband. If a woman worked after marriage, her earnings also belonged to her husband. This is because the laws stated that "husband and wife were one person and the husband is the person".

Tennyson became friends with Arther Hallam in April 1829. They both entered the chancellors prize poem competition (which Tennyson won). Both joined the Cambridge Apostles; a secret debating society which met every Saturday night during term to discuss, serious questions of religion, literature and society. During a Christmas vacation, Hallam visited Tennyson's home in Somersby Lincolnshire; whilst there Hallam met and fell in love with Tennyson's eighteen-year-old sister Emily who was just seven months younger than Hallam. Hallam and Tennyson planned to publish a book of poems together however Tennyson's farther objected to this so he published Tennysons Poems privately published and printed in 1830. After the death of Arthur Hallam, Tennyson struggled through a period of deep despair, which he eventually overcame to begin writing again. During his time of mourning, Tennyson rarely wrote and, for many years, battled alcoholism. People would say this was because Tennyson was in love with Hallam so many of his poems are about the temptation to give up and fall prey to pessimism, but they also extol the virtues of optimism and discuss the importance of struggling on with life.

Mariana- 1830

The Lady Of Shallott- 1833 - Tennyson claimed that he had based the poem on an old Italian romance.


Ulysses-1842 - Ulysses was one of...