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A Comparison of Alfred Tennyson and William Wordsworth

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English 203 – 505 Min September 30, 2007 A Comparison of Alfred Tennyson and William Wordsworth Between the two poets Alfred Tennyson and William Wordsworth many similarities and differences can be found in their writings. Both poems “Tintern Abbey” by Wordsworth and “Ulysses” by Tennyson share similar characteristics in that they are both written in unrhymed iambic pentameter or blank verse. The differences come in once the reader examines the narrator’s intent and outlook on life. In Wordsworth’s poem “Tintern Abbey” the reader encounters a narrator that is visiting a place that he has not been to in five years. The speaker describes how his vision of nature has changed with age. There is a clear connection that the speaker makes with his surroundings and his past. His surroundings take him back to better time, a time of less awareness and more innocence. This seems to comfort the speaker and it seems he never wants to leave.
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Unformatted text preview: The complete opposite is true for the speaker in Tennyson’s poem “Ulysses.” In this poem the reader meets a narrator that “cannot rest from travel.” He is not content unless he is on the move and learning new things. In this poem the narrator welcomes old age as long as he can continue to travel. This outlook is the opposite of what is found in Wordsworth’s poem. In “Tintern Abby” the narrator revels in the past and speaks of his youth as a better and simpler time. In the poems “Tintern Abbey” and “Ulysses” similarities can be found in the structure but differences come up once the reader examines the speakers intentions. In Wordsworth’s poem the reader meets a narrator that is reveling in the past and is comforted by it. Whereas in Tennyson’s poem the reader is exposed to a man that is looking forward to the future and seems only to be please when he is on the move....
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