Alfred Tennyson, often regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age in poetry.

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The Victorian age was an age where many changes occurred

socially, economically, and industrially. People began to explore

into areas such as the earth, the human body, and how to benefit

the daily lives of individuals. English literature was also

something that was beginning to be developed.

Historically, it began when Queen Victoria was anointed to the

thrown in 1837 and brought a new prosperity to England. She held

the throne for 63 years which is the longest monarch to hold the

thrown ever in English history. To many people, she was a symbol

of stability and prosperity as evidenced by the following feeling

from her people. The Victorian age has been said to be a very

diverse time. Historian T.B. Macaulay in 1838 said that the

English had become 'the greatest and most highly civilized people

that ever the world saw.' Yet, another man by the name of Benjamin

Disraeli, who was a writer and a politician, disagreed with this

statement and pointed out that the existence of an England of 'two

nations who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and

feelings, as if they were ...

of different planets; who are

formed by a different breeding, are fed by a different food, are

ordered by different manners, and are not governed by the same

laws.' He further says that 'these two nations were the richest

and poorest.' It was a time when the rich were rich, and the poor

people were poor. The poor or lower class of people went hungry

and half naked throughout most of their lives. Life and death went

hand in hand; wealth and poverty stood side by side; repletion and

starvation laid them down together.

Such rapid change in industry destroyed jobs as it provided

new ones. The population shifted and...