When we read poetry, it is not our mission to simply discover whether the poet's ideas are new or old, neither is our mission to criticize one's poetry if we have never written a single word in our whole lives. However, it is worth knowing something more about the period the poet belonged to, if we are trying to understand a poem and enjoy it.
Historical events during the Victorian Age such as the adoption of the Reform Bill (1832), Chartism (1836-1848) and many others speak for the period itself and we should not waste time on history anyway. Literature in this period is the object of our interest. Needless to say, literature has been strongly influenced by all of those events and the bourgeois lifestyle and society in general. Among all literature genres poetry has been regarded the highest if we are to judge according to the respect it has enjoyed.
Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) is considered "national treasure" for the British. His best works include "Poems by Two Brothers" (1827), "Poems Chiefly Lyrical" (1830), "Poems" (1832), "Poems" (1842), "In Memoriam" (1850), "Maud" (1855), "Idylls of the King" (1859), "Enoch Arden, and Other Poems" (1864), "Works" (so-called 'Imperial Edition' 1872), several plays ("Queen Mary", "Harold" "The Falcon" and others), etc.
"Ulysses" (1842) is one of his best poems. It is a pure monologue in blank verse, more compact in its composition than the rest of his poems, using strong, core and "sober" language, whose richness is beyond any critic. ...