Poetical Works: Tennyson
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Poetical Works: Tennyson (Cambridge Editions)

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Although Tennyson (1809-1892) has often been characterised as an austere, bearded patriarch and laureate of the Victorian age, his poems speak clearly to the imagination of the late 20th century. His mastery of rhyme, metre, imagery and mood communicate their dark, sensuous and sometimes morbid messages. Much given to melancholy and feelings of aching desolation, Tennyson'...more
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Published January 1st 2008 by Wordsworth Poetry Library (first published 1833)
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Padya
Despite all his sentiments & psychotic ideals, Tennyson is amazing. He inspires me to the deepest, and I think I'll go on to love him forever
Divya
Tennyson,most representative poet of victorian age expresses the middle class through his poetry. Along with discipline & form, a sense of romantic values & lyricism are the special features of tennyson's poetry. Its beautiful!!!!
Dreamer
School text that I rather enjoyed..
We cannot be kind to each other here for even an hour. We whisper, and hint, and chuckle and grin at our brother's shame; however you take it we men are a little breed.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
Keith
Alfred Tennyson is, after Shakespeare and Chaucer, one of the most skilled craftsmen in the English language. He has a way of spinning beautifully memorable lines, such as these from Tithonus:

“Far-folded mists, and gleaming halls of morn.”

And …

“.... Arise
And shake the darkness from their loosened manes,
And beat the twilight into flakes of fire.”

As an avid reader of narrative and dramatic poetry, it’s no surprise that Tennyson is one of my favorite authors. He’s written many memorable poems suc...more
Jamie
The plays and poems of Tennyson, spanning over 1,700 pages, reflect a diverse and creative mind. The works contain so many insightful messages on life and aging, like a father wanting to leave advice to his children, all preserved in time. The works that were my favorite follow:
- Memory
- I wander in darkness and sorrow
- We meet no more
- The passions
- How gaily sinks the gorgeous sun within his golden bed
- Love and death
- The two voices
- Youth
- The lord of Burleigh
- Lady Clare
- The talking oak
- I...more
Everyone Poops
I know people might want to throw rocks at me for asking, but am I alone in thinking Tennyson's poetry is mostly just an exercise in belletrism with little else to offer?

I'm fond of most other major Victorian poets (especially Browning and Rosetti), but Tennyson's work is a real thorn in my side. It's kind of like when I wash my white laundry. All the bright shiny stuff is made of up other Victorian poets. But Tennyson is the gross, almost-brown towel that I cleaned up puke and cat pee with.
Mii
This book is a great read!
Dee
I don't naturally love this style of poetry (except for Lady of Shalott, but that's only because of an Anne of Green Gables obsession in my youth) but I just feel like I've read it SO MUCH and it's such a part of my life that I have no other choice but to make it a favourite. So there you go.
Dottie
Tennyson was a presence throughout my school years -- and likely before that as my mother could refer to poems readily as did others in my immediate family. These were the standards, the classics and they wer taught and read. The language is grand -- and lovely to turn to from time to time.
Maureen
I like Tennyson, but probably because I really like the Victorian period, and the old British traditions it embodies. Still, poems like Crossing the Bar are memorable and worth reading.
Luke
Once again, I haven't read a fraction of what he wrote (one reason's 'cause for some reason the writers of the period wrote HUGE amounts of words, the other's that he wasn't my favorite).
Nikki
I really like Tennyson's poetry. I've studied various poems by him, including "The Kraken" and "The Eagle", and I liked reading more widely. I love the Arthurian stuff, in particular.
Sandy
May 07, 2012 Sandy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I actually own the edition that was published in 1872 by James R Osgood and Company. Found at an antiques auction in a box of miscellaneous old books that nobody wanted.
Joel
Easily my favorite Victorian poet. Christina Rossetti follows somewhere behind. This volume includes "Idylls of the King," "In Memoriam," "The Lady of Shallot," most others.
Ed
Currently working through "In Memoriam A.H.H." which is as great a poem as everyone in the world, from T.S. Eliot onwards, thinks.
David Delaney
Nov 03, 2011 David Delaney rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Poetry lovers
Recommended to David by: Gift from my Daughter
Though the edition I have is much older & fragile than this one & being a lover of poetry I thouroughly enjoyed my edition.
Albie
Tennyson's Poetry: Authoritative Texts, Contexts, Criticism (Norton Critical Editions) by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Baron (1999)
Mickey
For my Victorian lit grad seminar. Liked it better than Robert Browning's The Ring and the Book. (Classic lit)
Irene
I have only read some of his poems but they are fantastic beyond all expectations
Tanya
Jul 02, 2011 Tanya marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
In two volumes, both of which appear to be original leather-bound editions.
Natalie
I highly recommend Odysseus, The Lady of Shalott, and Crossing the Bar.
K Gomez
Loved 'The Lady of Shallot' and a few others. Lovely rhythm.
Bill Leachman
Ulysses is still my personal favorite though there are many others
Grant
"She took the dappled partridge flecked with blood,"
Rob
Wrote "Mariana" at 20. Wrote "Rizpah" at 70. Stayed sick.
Denyse
Because I was FORCED to inc school.........
Andrew Wickenkamp
read some of it. Enjoy it greatly
Feathzzz
Blow, Bugle, Blow <3
Miles Dracula
one of my favorite poets
Laure
some of it...
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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS (most commonly known as Alfred, Lord Tennyson) was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular English-language poets. He is particularly known for his polished style and exact understanding of metre.
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