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^::__E212-R ALFRED TENNYSON QUESTIONS__::^
- "The Lady of Shalott" (1204-08), "The ~np~Lotos-Eaters~/np~" (1208-13), "Ulysses" (1213-15), and ''In Memoriam A.H.H.'' (1230-80); read at least the following: Prologue (1231), 1-3, 5, 7, 11, 14-15, 28, 34, 39, 54-56, 75, 108, 118, 123-24, 126, 130-31, Epilogue.
+ "The Lady of Shalott" (1204-08), "The ~np~Lotos-Eaters~/np~" (1208-13), "Ulysses" (1213-15), and ''In Memoriam A.H.H.'' (1230-80); read at least the following: Prologue (1231), 1-3, 5, 7, 11, 14-15, 28, 34, 39, 54-56, 75, 108, 118, 123-24, 126, 130-31, Epilogue.
- __"The Lady of Shalott"__
+ __"The Lady of Shalott"__

1. What effect do the poem's rhyme scheme, metre, and presentation of imagery have on the themes it pursues? How do these elements help move the plot forward?
- 2. This poem employs metaphors of weaving, singing, and reflection (the "mirror" and "shadows") -- what significance do those metaphors have in establishing the poem's meaning?
+ 2. This poem employs metaphors of weaving, singing, and reflection (the "mirror" and "shadows") -- what significance do those metaphors have in establishing the poem's meaning?
- 3. How does the poem's descriptive quality change when Sir Lancelot enters the scene? How is his appearance connected with what the Lady has called a "curse"? Why does the sight of Lancelot induce her to leave her loom and "look down to Camelot" (110)?
+ 3. How does the poem's descriptive quality change when Sir Lancelot enters the scene? How is his appearance connected with what the Lady has called a "curse"? Why does the sight of Lancelot induce her to leave her loom and "look down to Camelot" (110)?
- 4. How do the Lady's death and the villagers' perceptions of her raise the issue of art's relation to life? What statement, if any, do you think the poem as a whole makes about that relation? Why, for example, must the Lady die "singing in her song" (152) -- why is it impossible that she should arrive safely at her destination?
+ 4. How do the Lady's death and the villagers' perceptions of her raise the issue of art's relation to life? What statement, if any, do you think the poem as a whole makes about that relation? Why, for example, must the Lady die "singing in her song" (152) -- why is it impossible that she should arrive safely at her destination?
- __"The ~np~Lotos-Eaters~/np~"__
+ __"The ~np~Lotos-Eaters~/np~"__

5. Characterize the nature description of the poem's first five stanzas. What effect does the natural setting have upon Odysseus' men?

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7. The first several stanzas are written in the Spenserian stanza, which you may recall from ''The Faerie Queene.'' Why is that an appropriate choice in conveying the poem's initial atmosphere and the men's attitude before the Choric Song begins?
- 8. In the "Choric Song," what lesson or sentiment do the Mariners draw from their situation within the poem's natural setting? What is their primary complaint?
+ 8. In the "Choric Song," what lesson or sentiment do the Mariners draw from their situation within the poem's natural setting? What is their primary complaint?

9. What view of the gods do the Mariners set forth? How does that view differ from the ones that you have found in any studies you have made of ancient Greek texts?
- 10. Consider the back-and-forth structure of argument (or complaint) and resolution in "the Choric Song." What allows the Mariners to arrive at their resolutions? What role does memory play?
+ 10. Consider the back-and-forth structure of argument (or complaint) and resolution in "the Choric Song." What allows the Mariners to arrive at their resolutions? What role does memory play?

11. Consider the Mariners' concluding tone and rhetoric in Section 8. How is their hexameter-couplet rhetoric both powerful and yet a misuse of language within the context of Greek heroism? What, in other words, has happened to the bond between speech, sensory perception, and action?
- __"Ulysses"__
+ __"Ulysses"__

12. What is the basic situation when the poem begins? At what point in his career does Ulysses (i.e. Odysseus, hero of Homer's ''Odyssey'') find himself, and in what state of mind is he?

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16. How indebted is Tennyson's construction of Ulysses to Dante's treatment of the epic hero in Canto 26 of ''Inferno?'' How does Dante cast Ulysses -- what was the epic hero's sin? Is that sin something we need to consider in understanding Ulysses in Tennyson's poem?
- __''In Memoriam A.H.H,'' "Prologue"__
+ __''In Memoriam A.H.H,'' "Prologue"__

17. This poem was added late in the composing stages as an affirmation of Tennyson's religious faith. What do you think of the quality or steadfastness of Tennyson's affirmation?

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__Lyric 1__
- 20. Why does Love need to "clasp" Grief? (9) What's the penalty if Love does not do so? What is the central problem set forth by this lyric?
+ 20. Why does Love need to "clasp" Grief? (9) What's the penalty if Love does not do so? What is the central problem set forth by this lyric?

__Lyric 2__
- 21. How is the yew tree correlated with the speaker's state of mind? Why does the speaker envy the yew tree -- what qualities or "perspective" (to personify the tree for a moment) does the tree have that he lacks?
+ 21. How is the yew tree correlated with the speaker's state of mind? Why does the speaker envy the yew tree -- what qualities or "perspective" (to personify the tree for a moment) does the tree have that he lacks?

__Lyric 3__

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__Lyric 28__
- 31. How can you connect this lyric to the importance of memory in Wordsworth's poetics, as we gather from "Preface to ''Lyrical Ballads''"?
+ 31. How can you connect this lyric to the importance of memory in Wordsworth's poetics, as we gather from "Preface to ''Lyrical Ballads''"?

32. What associations do the church bells bring back to the speaker? Why are those memories important to the speaker's process of grieving?

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__Lyric 34__
- 33. What alternative reason for writing poetry does the speaker set forth as a possibility in this lyric? Does he accept that possibility or reject it? What advantages would accrue to him if he were to become a "wild poet"?
+ 33. What alternative reason for writing poetry does the speaker set forth as a possibility in this lyric? Does he accept that possibility or reject it? What advantages would accrue to him if he were to become a "wild poet"?

__Lyric 39__
- 34. How does "sorrow" function as a Victorian censor of romantic expression in this lyric?
+ 34. How does "sorrow" function as a Victorian censor of romantic expression in this lyric?

__Lyric 54__

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__Lyric 55__
- 36. How might you tie this lyric to Wordsworth's comments about science in "Preface to ''Lyrical Ballads''"? The central question here is "what kind of knowledge does science give us, and how does that knowledge affect our emotional wellbeing?"
+ 36. How might you tie this lyric to Wordsworth's comments about science in "Preface to ''Lyrical Ballads''"? The central question here is "what kind of knowledge does science give us, and how does that knowledge affect our emotional wellbeing?"

__Lyric 56__

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__Lyric 75__
- 38. How does this lyric compare to Shakespeare's handling of the theme of "poetic immortality" in his ''Sonnets'''?
+ 38. How does this lyric compare to Shakespeare's handling of the theme of "poetic immortality" in his ''Sonnets'''?

__Lyric 108__

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__Lyric 118__
- 40. What two kinds of "evolution" does this lyric explore? What seems to be the speaker's attitude towards early formulations about evolution -- for instance Charles Lyell's theory of uniformitarianism in the 1830's text ''Elements of Geology?'' (Uniformitarianism is the theory that posits the steady, long-term application of natural forces as an explanation for earth's transformations as we see them reflected in geological features?)
+ 40. What two kinds of "evolution" does this lyric explore? What seems to be the speaker's attitude towards early formulations about evolution -- for instance Charles Lyell's theory of uniformitarianism in the 1830's text ''Elements of Geology?'' (Uniformitarianism is the theory that posits the steady, long-term application of natural forces as an explanation for earth's transformations as we see them reflected in geological features?)

41. Where does the speaker's conception of God come into play in this poem, if at all?

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__Lyric 123__
- 42. What attitude towards scientific knowledge does the speaker take in this lyric? What is the speaker's "dream," as he calls it in the final stanza? Why can't he accept the perpetual change that he has just described in the first two stanzas?
+ 42. What attitude towards scientific knowledge does the speaker take in this lyric? What is the speaker's "dream," as he calls it in the final stanza? Why can't he accept the perpetual change that he has just described in the first two stanzas?

__Lyric 124__

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44. What is the relationship or similarity between faith and doubt as this lyric handles those states?
- 45. Relate this poem's ending to Carlyle's doctrine of humankind's need for "mystery." Is Tennyson's solution to religious doubt Carlylean, or more conventionally Christian?
+ 45. Relate this poem's ending to Carlyle's doctrine of humankind's need for "mystery." Is Tennyson's solution to religious doubt Carlylean, or more conventionally Christian?

__Lyric 126__
- 46. What are the "court" and the "faithful guard" in this lyric? From what is the speaker being protected while he is in the court?
+ 46. What are the "court" and the "faithful guard" in this lyric? From what is the speaker being protected while he is in the court?

__Lyric 130__

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__Lyric 131__
- 48. Comment on the way Tennyson describes human life as a process, a "flow." What is the thematic value of the metaphor of water employed in this lyric?
+ 48. Comment on the way Tennyson describes human life as a process, a "flow." What is the thematic value of the metaphor of water employed in this lyric?

__Epilogue__

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50. Do you find this selection from the final part of ''In Memoriam'' convincing? In other words, do you believe that Tennyson has come full circle in his process of grieving and accepted Arthur Hallam's death as part of God's providence? Has he dealt finally with the religious doubts that arose partly his from his response to Arthur's passing?
- Edition: Abrams, M.H. et al. ''The Norton Anthology of English Literature,'' Volumes 2A-C. 7th edition. ISBN 2A = 0393975681, 2B = 039397569X, 2C = 0393975703.
+ Edition: Abrams, M. H. et al. ''The Norton Anthology of English Literature,'' Vols. 2A-C. 7th ed. New York: Norton, 2000. ISBN 2A = 0393975681, 2B = 039397569X, 2C = 0393975703.

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