Notes on Tennyson Poetry in AQA AS English Literature B Anthology

Notes on Tennyson Poetry in AQA AS English Literature B Anthology;

The Lotos Eaters and Choric Song

Ulysses

Tithonus

Godiva

The Lady of Shalott

Mariana

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Tennyson
The Lotos Eaters
AO2
Argument ­ form
Language:
o `languid' ­ laid on thick
o Pictorial panorama of Island
Personification: light & shadow
Structure:
o 5 steady, equal stanzas
o ABA BBC BCC Rhyme
Periphrastic: languid
Alliteration: "mildeyed melancholy"
Enjambment
Simile ­ adds to imagery
"weary" ­ repeated: emphasis
Line 37: start of action prepares for Choric Song
AO3
Compare with `The Lady of Shalott'
AO4
Homer's odyssey
The Choric Song

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AO2
Present tense
Simile ­ instils calm
Gentlier ­ neologism: overinstils `languid'
Heavy repetition for emphasis
Soporific language
Rhetorical Questions: persuasion
Onomatopoeia: vivid experience of lotus island
Calm, crown: hard alliteration
periphrastic: `let us alone'
Form: Sailors speech to Ulysses
Structure:
o 8 uneven stanzas
o Brief, sullen sentences
o Stanza 1: `very nice place, don't want to go'
o Stanza 4: hatred of former life
Language:
o static language
o strong, resolute
Imagery: "emerald colour'd"
"live like gods"
Never ending list: +ve's of island…read more

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AO2:
`drunk' ­ double meaning
Unclear stanza division
Language: +ve attributes of Ulysses
Medieval: "dante" ­ hell
No rhyme
Iambic Pentameter
o Fast rhythm
Dramatic monologue
o Language: characterisation
Enjambment
Hard language
Mellows as it progresses
`sinlans star' ­ alliteration, simile
Repetition ­ addressing himself
o Emphasises egotism
`rainy Haydes' ­ personification, pathetic fallacy
Double negative ­ persuasive (form)
`as are' ­ empowering, `we' repeated
Less lines for Telemachus
AO3:
Tithonus: epicurean vs stoicism
Adventure shalott, godiva
Antithesis of Lotos Eaters
AO4:
Fresh of Hallam's…read more

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Form: Tithonus' dramatic monologue
Iambic Pentameter
No rhyme
Blank verse
Regular rhythm monotonous
Personification of time
Conversation with no reply (rhetorical questions)
ve language
Talk of sunrise ­ Aurora
`Beauty of life' language
Structure: irregular stanza length
o 6 stanzas
o Disjointed nature of issues
Enjambment ­ inner rant feel
COLOUR ­ gold dawn, silver, brown green nature, grey white shadows,
crimson Aurora
Caesura ­ slows down time
Contrast e.g.…read more

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Form: Tennyson narrates first 4 lines
Personification of time, air and walls
Strong vocab ­ emphasis
Graphic images children dying ­ persuasion
Earl's first impression: `grim'
Form: quoting citizens
Earl's contempt ­ Godiva's contempt for him
FEMALE VOICE
Conflicting emotions ­ turmoil empathy
Imagery ­ belt free from earl
Moon & Sun imagery ­ simile
Shift 4552: acting swiftly
Form: giving voice to a minor view ­ women's rights
AO3:
Husband v Wife (man v woman)
Talking v Doing
Look after the people
Power balance…read more

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Stanzas ­ isometric steady, measured
Towers ­ phallic longs for male figure
Heavy repetition lyrical form
Strong, pictorial poetic form
Archaic language ­ simulates anciency
Caesura ­ inactivity of Lady in tower
Lack of verbs
Rhyme ­ progression to her fate
Direct speech
AO3:
Mirror ­ 2nd hand view of Camelot
Stagnation in tower v liveliness of Camelot
AO4:
Arthurian legend ­ weaving all day in tower
The Lady of Shalott (Part 2)
AO2:
Rhythm ­ nursery rhyme like?
More enjambment ­ starting to move…read more

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Focused images
Pathetic fallacy ­ perfect day foreshadowing
Bridle, saddle, meteor ­ exciting language (draws in)
Heavy use of metaphors of Lancelot `coal black curls' etc.…read more

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Metaphor: tower ­ jail?
AO3:
Feminist criticism: Passiveness of women because of men
AO4:
Art: PreRaphaelite (Millans, Watehouse)
o Arthurian Legend
Mariana
AO2:
Unknown narrator & her view
Mariana's life & grange ­ extended metaphor
Alliteration `s' ­ slow
Repetition of `dreary' ­ emphasis
Last two lines of stanza repeated
Lack of verbs ­ stagnation
Structure: 7 stanzas, 12 lines, equal length…read more

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Rhyme: ABABCDDCEFEF
LIFE ON REPEAT
Stanzas 1, 4 & 6: Day
Stanzas 2, 3, 5 & 7: Night
o Length of time ­ reader experiences all time
Poplar tree ­ excitement
Enjambment ­ breaks monotonous rhythm
"old" repeated ­ memories of past
"oh god" final stanza ­ realisation, no outcome
Adjectives of stagnation
Objects reflect mood
Personification of time
Pathetic fallacy ­ `grey eyed morn'
Archaic language: link to Shakespearean origins
Prayer: modern Victorian entity
Future tense ­ will never come
AO3:
Contrast with Godiva…read more

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