"All Is Well": Victorian Mourning Aesthetics and the Poetics of Consolation

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dc.contributor.author Holloway, Tamara C.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-16T18:11:27Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-27T17:15:52Z
dc.date.issued 2011-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1794/12141
dc.description viii, 214 p. en_US
dc.description.abstract In this study, I examine the various techniques used by poets to provide consolation. With Tennyson's In Memoriam, I explore the relationship between formal and thematic consolation, i.e., the ways in which the use of formal elements of the poem, particularly rhyme scheme, is an attempt by the poet to attain and offer consolation. Early in his laureateship after the Duke of Wellington's funeral, Tennyson wrote "Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington," but this poem failed to meet his reading audience`s needs, as did the first major work published after Tennyson was named Poet Laureate: Maud. I argue that form and theme are as inextricably linked in Maud as they are in In Memoriam, and in many ways, Maud revises the type of mourning exhibited in In Memoriam. Later, I examine in greater detail the hallmarks of Victorian mourning. Although most Victorians did not mourn for as long or as excessively as Queen Victoria, the form her mourning took certainly is worth discussion. I argue that we can read Tennyson's "Dedication" to Idylls of the King and his "To the Mourners" as Victorian funeral sermons, each of which offers explicit (and at times, contradictory) advice to the Queen on how to mourn. Finally, I discuss the reactions to Tennyson's death in the popular press. Analyzing biographical accounts, letters, and memorial poems, I argue that Tennyson and his family were invested in the idea of "the good death"; Tennyson needed to die as he had lived--as the great Laureate. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Committee in charge: Richard Stein, Chair; Tres Pyle, Member; Deborah Shapple, Member; Raymond Birn, Outside Member en_US
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dc.publisher University of Oregon en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries University of Oregon theses, Dept. of English,Ph. D., 2011;
dc.rights rights_reserved en_US
dc.subject British and Irish literature en_US
dc.subject Language, literature and linguistics en_US
dc.subject Mourning en_US
dc.subject Poetry en_US
dc.subject Queen Victoria en_US
dc.subject Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron,1809-1892 en_US
dc.subject Victorian en_US
dc.title "All Is Well": Victorian Mourning Aesthetics and the Poetics of Consolation en_US
dc.title.alternative Victorian Mourning Aesthetics and the Poetics of Consolation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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