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Alfred, Lord Tennyson, a popular English poet. He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1850 until his death in 1892.

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Speculation on bisexualityEdit

The poem, In Memoriam about a man’s love for another man includes sexual imagery, the poet compares his sorrow to the sorrow of a loving widower who misses his late wife in bed.

Tears of the widower, when he sees A late-lost form that sleep reveals, And moves his doubtful arms, and feels Her place is empty, fall like these; [1]
There has been speculation that Tennyson may have experienced gay feelings for his friend though there is no question that Tennyson was strongly attracted to women. [2] If Tennyson had bisexual feelings it is unclear whether he acted on these feelings. Tennyson certainly concealed any gay feelings or actions that may or may not have arisen.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.online-literature.com/tennyson/718/
  2. http://www.glbtq.com/literature/tennyson_al.html

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