Robert Browning and Alfred Tennyson

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Alfred Tennyson and Robert Browning belong to the Victorian age and they occupy a prominent place as a pre-eminent poet of their age. Both the poets apply new techniques and styles in poetry writing. But both these poets adopt their own style in their writing. Browning focuses on the psyche of his frantic characters and tries to look into deep inside of such characters in his writings. Browning tries to understand human nature, religion, and society properly. He studies the innermost psychology of characters. On the other hand, Tennyson draws material from external specific realities, ideas, and objects and tries to express it through ornate language. Another significant difference between poems of Alfred Tennyson's and Robert Browning is in their nature of expression. Browning's writings are always energetic but in Tennison's tone of expression is generally melancholic where he tends to give touch of nostalgia. Their poetic concerns are hardly related. Browning systematically depicts the essence of a character whereas Tennyson gives importance in inducing and endorsing a particular mood. Tennyson’s poetry is essentially lyrical; thereby his dramatic monologues seem half-hearted attempts when compared to Browning’s. In Tennyson we see the dramatic monologues used quite differently and the same characteristics found in his lyrical poetry are present in his dramatic monologues. “St. Simeon Stylites” is Tennyson’s most Browningesque poem in the sense of irony. We can easily perceive that Simeon is eluding himself as being the martyr who suffers to achieve sainthood but his suffering is self-inflicted and he is trying to convince us with false humility while his spiritual pride is clearly evident in his words. Nevertheless, St. Simon Stylites is character who is very similar to Tennyson’s other characters. Like Marianna he is an isolated figure in a confined
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