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dc.contributor.authorHolloway, Tamara C.
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-16T18:11:27Z
dc.date.available2012-07-27T17:15:52Z
dc.date.issued2011-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1794/12141
dc.descriptionviii, 214 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn 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.sponsorshipCommittee in charge: Richard Stein, Chair; Tres Pyle, Member; Deborah Shapple, Member; Raymond Birn, Outside Memberen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Oregonen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUniversity of Oregon theses, Dept. of English,Ph. D., 2011;
dc.rightsrights_reserveden_US
dc.subjectBritish and Irish literatureen_US
dc.subjectLanguage, literature and linguisticsen_US
dc.subjectMourningen_US
dc.subjectPoetryen_US
dc.subjectQueen Victoriaen_US
dc.subjectTennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron,1809-1892en_US
dc.subjectVictorianen_US
dc.title"All Is Well": Victorian Mourning Aesthetics and the Poetics of Consolationen_US
dc.title.alternativeVictorian Mourning Aesthetics and the Poetics of Consolationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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