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Tennyson poetry for A Level English Literature AQA

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1 Loss
1.1 IN MEMORIAM
1.1.1 Shows the stages of grief throughout the poem
1.2 ODE TO THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON
1.2.1 Parellels true loss and grief by showing Tennyson's view on the death of a monumental figure but not one Tennyson knew; therefore it is without deep emotion
1.3 TITHONUS
1.3.1 Tithonus watched those around him die
2 Urbanisation
2.1 THE LOTUS EATERS
2.1.1 Contrasts with the urban world; nature is beautiful and the mariners escape civilisation
2.2 THE LADY OF SHALOTT
2.2.1 Everybody is journeying from the country to Camelot, the city - the Lady of Shalott is reluctant, but in the end has to make this journey too - represents stubborn Victorian principles?
2.3 ODE TO THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON/CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE
2.3.1 Shows the 'proud' nature of Victorian society - this contributed towards urbanisation
2.4 THE GOLDEN YEAR
2.4.1 Looks to the future including urbanisation and the limits that the past has put on society - set in a place very centered on the past
2.5 THE PRINCESS
2.5.1 Modernistic views - also her university is isolated and they encourage her to 'come down o maid' off the mountain and to the cities to civilization
3 Journey
3.1 LOCKSLEY HALL
3.1.1 He is on an actual journey but breaks from this to reflect on past journeys
3.2 THE LADY OF SHALOTT
3.2.1 Lady of Shalott's journey is her death
3.3 THE LOTOS EATERS
3.3.1 They journey through beautiful landscapes to get to the Lotos Eaters
3.4 THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE
3.4.1 Charging forward, no matter the fate they face
4 Introspection
4.1 IN MEMORIAM
4.1.1 Looks at himself in terms of grief
4.2 CROSSING THE BAR
4.2.1 More to the point and calm than earlier poems, shows a change in Tennyson's mental state
4.3 THE OUTCAST
4.3.1 His journey through the fallen house symbolises his inner journey through his upset
5 Natural beauty
5.1 JUNE BRACKEN & HEATHER
5.1.1 Compares his devotional love for his wife to the solid nature
5.2 IM MEMORIAM
5.2.1 Negative imagery, not beauty - yew tree symbolises him and his grief
5.3 THE LADY OF SHALOTT
5.3.1 She is beauty and her surroundings are beauty; however, she is also tempted by beauty (Lancelot)
5.4 THE LOTOS-EATERS
5.4.1 Complete beauty seduces the mariners
5.5 THE OUTCAST
5.5.1
6 Isolation
6.1 THE LADY OF SHALOTT
6.1.1 She is isolated and when she is finally freed she enters the heaven like world of Camelot
6.2 MARIANA
6.2.1 She isolates herself waiting for her man, but it causes her only misery, no change in isolation throughout the poem
6.3 BREAK, BREAK, BREAK
6.3.1 Bleak, isolated surroundings, narrator is alone, isolation reflects negative feelings
6.4 LOCKSLEY HALL
6.4.1 Soldier isolates himself from his group while reminiscing over his pain before reuniting with them after recounting happier times
7 Victorian society
7.1 THE GOLDEN YEAR
7.1.1 Comments on Victorian society and what the future of society will be
7.2 THE OUTCAST
7.2.1 Comments on Tennyson's father who was outcasted from society
7.3 ODE TO THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON
7.3.1 Tribute to a prominent member of society and although respectful it is without passion
8 Change
8.1 THE GOLDEN YEAR
8.1.1 Optimism and pessimism represent the past and the future; presents the future as a good thing, 'golden'
8.2 LOCKSLEY HALL
8.2.1 Soldier has changed his life and recounts on the past when he comes across Locksley Hall from his past
8.3 ULYSSES
8.3.1 Ulysses is bored of things being constant and boring; he desires change and eventually escapes to far lands to experience change

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