How does this poem fit into Victorian Poetry? What characteristics of Victorian Poetry does this poem have?

How does this poem fit into Victorian Poetry? What characteristics of Victorian Poetry does this poem have?

How does this poem fit into Victorian Poetry? What characteristics of Victorian Poetry does this poem have?

How does this poem fit into Victorian Poetry? What characteristics of Victorian Poetry does this poem have?

The Victorian era was, of course, the era in which Queen Victoria ascended to the crown in England.  Victorian literature in general was darker, heavier, and more concerned with social ills than its idealistic predecessor, Romanticism, and paved the way for the stark, unflinching writing of the Modernist movement.Alfred Lord Tennyson, the poet who wrote “The Lady of Shalott” was Queen Victoria’s favorite poet, and remains one of the best known poets of the Victorian era.  The poem opens with images of a beautiful, bucolic countryside marked by the forbidding walls and towers of Camelot.  The Lady of Shalott is slowly revealed to be a prisoner in the tower, unable to look at the outside world directly.  Rather, she must look through a mirror.  She weaves what she sees into a tapestry, and is seemingly happy in her prison.  This combination of the lovely dream juxtaposed with difficult reality is characteristic of Victorian poetry.When the Lady’s mirror is shattered, when she is no longer able to ignore the real world outside her window, she dies.  The Victorian era was a time of great social and cultural reform, when people were no longer able to ignore the troubles of others.  It is possible that Tennyson was criticizing those who continued to live as if nothing was wrong.
How does this poem fit into Victorian Poetry? What characteristics of Victorian Poetry does this poem have?
How does this poem fit into Victorian Poetry? What characteristics of Victorian Poetry does this poem have?
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How does this poem fit into Victorian Poetry? What characteristics of Victorian Poetry does this poem have?
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