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Victorian Doubt in God Alfred Tennysons In Memoriam When I first got this assignment I racked my brain for a topic that would interest me as well as something I could learn from When I came across Alfred Lord Tennyson it sparked my interest and as I read on I decided that I would write about him My next decision was to pick one of his poems to research I finally chose In Memoriam I read the background on it and it interested me In Memoriam is very long so Im only going to discuss some it But I want to begin by discussing the Victorian Doubt in God In Characteristics Carlyle discusses the same doubt in God that Tennyson feels in In Memoriam a doubt that characteristically reflects religion in England under the reign of Queen Victoria Carlyle doubts mans beliefs because he understands mans insignificance in the realm of things and thus wonders how any of mans answers to any questions of the world could be right He doubts many things especially God To Carlyle God did not represent an answer to the problems of the world We the whole species of Mankind and our whole existence and history are but a floating speck in the illimitable ocean of the All yet in that ocean indissoluble portion thereof partaking of its infinite tendencies borne this way and that by its deep swelling tides and grand ocean currents of which what faintest chance is there that we should ever exhaust the significance ascertain the goings and comings A region of Doubt therefore lovers forever in the background in action alone can we have certainty Nay properly doubt is the indispensable inexhaustible material whereon action works which action has to fashion into certainty and reality only on a canvas of darkness such is mans way of being could the many colored picture of our life paint itself and shine Norton 957-958 What made Tennyson
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