Vintage vs Modern: Role of Tennyson and Amit Chaudhuri in an industrial society
Mosam Sinha, Atiba Qamar
It is an important aspect to define the role of an artist in the victorian society, if Arnold's intellectual aristocracy included the artist as an important component. As a matter of fact, such a definition would form a necessary background to study the victorian poetry. According to Carlyle the poet is the prophet or seer 'whose eyes have been gifted to discern the godlike Mystery of God's universe: 1. Here, Carlyle had seen artist as capable of moulding the character and influencing the opinion of the age. Similarly, the role of the artist is determined by cultural tensions generated by an industrial society. The society is always governed by rules of profit making and market values. In ancient period, art occupied specialized place but marginal position in society. The position of the artist was determined largely by what he said and how he said. In comparison to that period, today we see a strong role and hold of the artist over the society. This paper is an tribute to two such brilliant writers, Tennyson and Amit Chaudhuri, who wished to create a special place for art and aesthetics. They both try to get their voices heard in a society and their role is of immense importance to the humanity.