Introduction

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in full Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson of Aldworth and Freshwater, was an English poet often regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age in poetry. Tennyson was a consummate poetic artist, consolidating and refining the traditions bequeathed to him by his predecessors in the Romantic movement—especially Wordsworth, Byron, and Keats.

His poetry dealt often with the doubts and difficulties of an age in which established Christian faith and traditional assumptions about man’s nature and destiny were increasingly called into question by science and modern progress.

Britannica School, s.v. "Alfred, Lord Tennyson," accessed March 22, 2016, http://school.eb.com.au/levels/high/article/71704.