Selected Poems: Tennyson

As Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria s reign, Alfred Lord Tennyson s spellbinding poetry epitomized the Victorian age, and Selected Poems is edited with an introduction and notes by Christopher Ricks Into the jaw of DeathInto the mouth of HellRode the six hundred The works in this volume trace nearly sixty years in the literary career of one of the nineteenth ceAs Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria s reign, Alfred Lord Tennyson s spellbinding poetry epitomized the Victorian age, and Selected Poems is edited with an introduction and notes by Christopher Ricks Into the jaw of DeathInto the mouth of HellRode the six hundred The works in this volume trace nearly sixty years in the literary career of one of the nineteenth century s greatest poets, and show the wide variety of poetic forms he mastered This selection gives some of Tennyson s most famous works in full, including Maud, depicting a tragic love affair, and In Memoriam, a profound tribute to his dearest friend Excerpts from Idylls of the King show a lifelong passion for Arthurian legend, also seen in the dream like The Lady of Shalot and in Morte d Arthur Other works respond to contemporary events, such as Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington, written in Tennyson s official role as Poet Laureate, or the patriotic Charge of the Light Brigade, while Locksley Hall provides a Utopian vision of the future, and the late poem Crossing the Bar is a haunting meditation on his own mortality.In his introduction, Christopher Ricks discusses aspects of Tennyson s life and works, his revisions of his poems, and his friendship with Arthur Hallam This edition also includes a chronology, further reading and notes.Alfred Lord Tennyson 1809 1892 was born at Somersby, Lincolnshire, the sixth of eleven children His first important book, Poems, Chiefly Lyrical, was published in 1830, and was not a critical success, but his two volumes of Poems, 1842, which contain some of his finest work, established him as the leading poet of his generation.If you enjoyed Selected Poems, you might like William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge s Lyrical Ballads, also available in Penguin Classics He had the finest ear of any English poet since Milton T.S Eliot
Selected Poems Tennyson As Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria s reign Alfred Lord Tennyson s spellbinding poetry epitomized the Victorian age and Selected Poems is edited with an introduction and notes by Christop

  • Title: Selected Poems: Tennyson
  • Author: Alfred Tennyson Christopher Ricks
  • ISBN: 9780140424430
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Do I like Tennyson? I wasn't sure. Like many, perhaps, I had an image in my mind of a brooding, bearded patriarch:and a hazy memory of poems read at school such as "Locksley Hall", but no lines actually sprang to mind. So in a way I went into reading him "blind". I was surprised. Poem after poem seemed to be about women - beautiful, passive women - and full of the poet's melancholy, and feelings of aching desolation. Perhaps these were his early poems, I wondered. My selection was taken from Ten [...]

    2. For even and morn Ever will be Thro' eternity.Nothing was born;Nothing will die;All things will change.- Nothing Will DieLord Alfred Tennyson was a poet of the highest calibre, a man who almost made the myths of poets being descended from the gods a reality. His poetry, as it stands, is both in a class of its own and part of the grand literature of his era (the mid 1800s). It is radiant, moral, mythological and artistic poetry. T.S. Eliot certainly gets it correct when he states that the three q [...]

    3. This book is an old friend; I've been reading it since before I understood half the things he was saying. It's not too often you find verses by one of the grand old masters that inspire similar feelings to those called up by a mug of hot chocolate and a huggable teddy bear.

    4. There is a certain way my professor used to say he liked something: he used to say it in a way that is sort of an attack on any opposite opinion, as if if someone did not like that particular thing, they had some 'splanin to do. Try and picture that sort of expression used in the following statement: I LIKE TENNYSON. I like him a lot. I love the way he takes periphrial characters, like Mariana or Oenone, and creates beautiful laments for them. I like the way he embraces the Romantic, yet stays s [...]

    5. Marriage MorningLight, so low upon earth,You send a flash to the sun.Here is the golden close of love,All my wooing is done.Oh, the woods and the meadows,Woods where we hid from the wet,Stiles where we stay'd to be kind,Meadows in which we met!Light, so low in the valeYou flash and lighten afar,For this is the golden morning of love,And you are his morning start.Flash, I am coming, I come,By meadow and stile and wood,Oh, lighten into my eyes and heart,Into my heart and my blood! Heart, are you g [...]

    6. This is my favorite collection of poetry. Tennyson just speaks to me, for some reason. My first taste of Tennyson was "The Lotus Eaters" which I studied in High School in connection with "The Odyssey." I get warm fuzzies just thinking about Tennyson and Homer.

    7. " and tho' we are not that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;One equal temper of heroic hearts,Made weak in time and fate, but strong in willto strive, to seek, to find and not to yield."It is a testament to the poetry of this Lord Tennyson that I know those lines by heart. Truly, my favorite poets are of Irish extraction but I hold a special place in my heart for the words of Tennyson.

    8. "The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep moans round with many voices.Come, my friends, 'Tis not too late to seek a newer world. " Love it!

    9. 19th Century poetry is beautiful. Tennyson's works are pure bliss. When I read his poems, I just go off into a distant land in my head, and everything else just fades away. It's so freaky, but I love it, and I love Tennyson. I can't wait to start on his novels. Ahh.

    10. This truth within thy mind rehearse,That in a boundless universeIs boundless better, boundless worse.

    11. I didn't expect to like this as much as I did. I thought, Tennyson isn't that some old fuddy duddy, a damn poet laureate for cryin' out loud, all patriotic and old old old I didn't even know from what period he was before I read this, I thought he was 18th Century, not 19th I'm so ignorant. Anyway, what I really liked about these poems is that they're not that hard to understand. He uses fairly ordinary words and allusions but then the way he makes it all fit together is really cool. Like bad-as [...]

    12. I feel like to properly review this book I need to tell the story of how I got it and how long I've had it, yada yada. When I was little, my favorite books were the Little House on the Prairie books, and in one of them, Ma gives Laura a book of Alfred Lord Tennyson poems, and Laura quotes the opening lines of the Lotos Eaters in the book and talks about how beautiful the poetry is. This made quite an impression on me.So when I was like 13 I got my parents to buy me this book, right? And I had no [...]

    13. Tears, Idle Tears Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,Tears from the depth of some divine despairRise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,In looking on the happy Autumn-fields,And thinking of the days that are no more. Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail,That brings our friends up from the underworld,Sad as the last which reddens over oneThat sinks with all we love below the verge;So sad, so fresh, the days that are no more. Ah, sad and strange as in dark summer dawnsThe earli [...]

    14. I had never before concentrated on reading a large selection of Tennyson’s poetry at one time, having previously read only popular snippets in high school and college English classes, so this collection was an opportunity and a treat, and I came away from it with a number of impressions. Tennyson’s work is filled with Classical allusions – the very titles of many poems are revelatory: “The Lotus Eaters,” “Ulysses,” “Tithonus,” “Tiresias” – and such allusions are rich and [...]

    15. Poetry is far from my area of expertise. I love to read a good poem, but I read poetry so rarely that I can hardly call myself an expert. With Tennyson, I find I have a bit of a mixed relationship with his work. Some I really enjoy, whereas others I don’t care much for. Writing a full review for any single one of the poems within this collection is hard, as some are better than others. Just know his poetry offers up many different aspects. Whilst you will notice some similarities between them [...]

    16. This is a good edition easy to use in the classroom and affordable. The editorial note is brief but covers up important facts such as a Chronology of important dates and events concerning Tennyson's life. This however does not include an introduction so for new-readers might find it to be an obstacle but a trip to a library will solve that, I guess.The collection covers 56 of Tennyson's most memorable poems. Also included here are extracts from "The Princess", "Maud" "Idylls of the King", poems [...]

    17. I have known Tennyson's poems for a long time without knowing I did; "The Lady of Shalott" is beautifully put to music by Celtic singer Loreena McKennitt, about a lost time of chivalry, knights, and damsels in distress, as well as mirrors cracking. "Tithonus" is a hauntingly written poem about a man granted immortality but not the gift of staying young. Other poems that I have read so far are written in such a potently lyrical, saddened, sharp style as to be wholly original and startling. Tennys [...]

    18. i bought this book when i was working on 'i am a camera.' i had no money at the time and this book was twice as expensive as all the other tennyson books, but it was also much more beautiful than the other ones. i stood in the aisle of biography books and picked it up and put it down and picked it up again, all the while concocting ways i could save money in other areas and have the better book. i decided for the next few weeks i would just eat my dinner out of cans, clutched the book to me and [...]

    19. "Hateful is the dark-blue sky,Vaulted o'er the dark-blue sea.Death is the end of life; ah, whyShould life all labour be?Let us alone.Time driveth onward fast,And in a little while our lips are dumb.Let us alone.What is it that will last?All things are taken from us, and becomePortions and parcels of the dreadful Past.Let us alone.What pleasure can we haveTo war with evil? Is there any peaceIn ever climbing up the climbing wave?All things have rest, and ripen toward the graveIn silence; ripen, fa [...]

    20. Poetry that seems to flow from a deep hollow within Tennyson's soul. The only qualm I have with this book is it's lack of the complete Idylls of the King, but one can't have everything.It little profits that an idle king1,By this still hearth, among these barren crags,Matched with an agèd wife, I mete and doleUnequal laws unto a savage race,That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.

    21. Dark house, by which once more I stand Here in the long unlovely street, Doors, where my heart was used to beatSo quickly, waiting for a hand,A hand that can be clasp'd no more— Behold me, for I cannot sleep, And like a guilty thing I creepAt earliest morning to the door.He is not here; but far away The noise of life begins again, And ghastly thro' the drizzling rainOn the bald street breaks the blank day.

    22. Few poets bewitch like Tennyson. Ulysses I read again and again, and I wonder about Crossing the Bar for my funeral. His obsession with death chimes with me, and it was grief that made him a great poet. It can have its upside.

    23. No wonder Tennyson is my favorite poet. His poems can be as somber as death and then turn around and the next one be light and airy. And he can do that in the same poem. Oh! I wish I could write like him!

    24. Q: Who is the greatest poet writing in English after Wordsworth's time and before Eliot's?A: Tennyson.Thanks to my friend Larry for his oft-repeated request that I read "In Memoriam A.H.H." as soon as practically possible. His insistence turned out to be entirely justified!

    25. Liked some of his poems but not all. My favorites include stuff like Locksley Hall and of course Ulysses.

    26. It is almost impossible to say anything about Tennyson, One of our greatest. I could sit with his poems for hours, reading over and over.

    27. I love Victorian poets and Tennyson is probably my favorite. "Maud" is my favorite poem; it's so dark and twisted. I wish poets still wrote things like this today.

    28. "Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die." Often wondered where this line came from. Now i know. The Charge of the Light Brigade. Great poetry.

    29. I love Tennyson, I have had to read his poems in English atm and I surprisingly like his works. Tithonus is my favourite, I think, along with The Lotus Eaters

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