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The Pictorial Quality of Tennyson’s Poetry


the Pictorial Quality of Tennyson’s Poetry


As a poet Tennyon's greatness lies in his skill as a poetic artist. For musical quality and descriptive vividness he has scarcely any equivalent. He has been acclaimed as a painter in words. A thing or a protest of nature shows up in his poetry with its correct shape and color. If we examine his major poetry we will notice this part of Tennyson's poetic notoriety. 

'The Lotos Eaters' is a noted poem by Tennyson. In it the poet tries to pass on the temperament of laziness and drowsiness. The poem is about the feelings of a gathering of soldiers who are returning home with their pioneer Ulysses after the war of Troy. They go to a land where its inhabitants eat a fruit considered lotos and lead a life of melancholy. The soldiers eat this fruit. Subsequently they move toward becoming as 'mild-looked at' and melancholy as the Lotos-eaters. In this poem the poet demonstrates his skill in describing nature. He denotes everything about a wood, its trees, fruits, blossoms and the color they accept in different parts of the year. Such description provides setting of the poem adorns the piece and helps to mirror the feelings. 

In 'Locksley Hall' Tennyson's skill in describing objects of nature and the surroundings is likewise checked. In this poem the poet makes striking imagery in which he thinks about love to a musician and the life of lovers to a cup. To pass on the satisfaction and the feeling of happiness in the initial period of his love-making the speaker says that love played on their lives and created a sweet and harmonious music. Therefore all discordant and jarring notes in their minds disappeared. In their mind there was no conflict. It was free from any doubt or selfishness. It was totally unadulterated. To pass on the idea that it was a time of uncommon happiness the poet thinks about it to a scene of celebration where time takes a glass brimming with satisfaction and gives it to the lovers. This description is suggestive of the intensity of the speaker's passion. 

In 'Ulysses' Tennyson portrays the character of Ulysses through imagery and language. The initial imagery of the poem, of an 'idle king', and the 'barren crags' of his kingdom of Ithaca, sets up a tone of monotony, suggesting 'Ulysses' absence of passion for his duties. He describes his very own kin as a 'savage race,/That hoard, and rest, and feed, and know not me'. Be that as it may, the tone of the imagery changes upon his reference to his son, Telemachus who will inherit his title of King. He describes him as 'blameless' and 'decent not to fail', ending the reference to his son with 'He works his work, I mine'. 

In this way we see that in the majority of his poetry Tennyson displays his descriptive skill. He describes human figure, passion, normal sights and objects. Everywhere his perception of observation is stamped.

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