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Tennyson: Poems

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson was a more complex writer than his status as Queen Victoria’s favorite poet might suggest. Though capable of rendering rapture and delight in the most exquisite verse, in another mode Tennyson is brother in spirit to Poe and Baudelaire, the author of dark, passionate reveries. And though he treasured poetic tradition, his work nevertheless engaged dir ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 17th 2004 by Everyman's Library (first published 1892)
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Daniëlle Van den Brink
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
"But, for the unquiet heart and brain,
A use in measured language lies;
The sad mechanic exercise,
Like dull narcotics, numbing pain."

Tennyson first peaked my interest with 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', when I had to analyze the poem in a literature course at university about half a year ago. His sentimental approach to something so gruesome and terrible intrigued me and I got this collection for my birthday a few months later. It took me a while to pick it up, I struggled to give it a chan
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mwpm
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This selection is divided into six parts: "Songs Lyric and Dramatic", "Narrative Poems", "About Poetry", "Public Verse", and "Fragments and Experiments", and "In Memoriam"...

From "Songs Lyric and Dramatic"...

As when with downcast eyes we muse and brood,
And ebb into a former life, or seem
To lapse far back in some confused dream
To state of mystical similitude;
If one but speaks or hems or stirs his chair,
Ever the wonder waxeth more and more,
So that we say, 'All this hath been before,
All this hath b
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Sumit Singla
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lovely, flowing, lyrical verses.

Out of all poets I've ever read, Tennyson by far ranks as my favourite - followed closely by Browning and Wordsworth.

It had been ages since I'd made a concerted effort to read poetry, but thanks to Goodreads' recommendation, the love affair with beautiful verse was 'rekindled'(Excuse the pun!) whate'er befall;

Although I loved reading almost all his works, some of my favourites are 'The Lady of Shalott', 'Break break break', 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and oh
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Rowland Pasaribu
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Tennyson first began to achieve critical success with the publication of his Poems in 1842, a work that include “Ulysses,” “Tithonus,” and other famous short lyrics about mythical and philosophical subjects. At the time of publication, England had seen the death of Coleridge, Shelley, Byron, Keats, and indeed all of the great Romantic poets except Wordsworth; Tennyson thus filled a lacuna in the English literary scene. In 1845, he began receiving a small government pension for his poetry. In 185 ...more
Stéphanie
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really love Tennysons's poetry
Jen from Quebec :0)
My introduction to Tennyson actually came from 'Anne of Green Gables' as Anne quotes from his poetry. I sought out his poems 'to be like Anne' as a kid, and loved the flow of his writing, but only fully appreciated his works as I got older. He is in my top 5 poets of all time.
Will
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Still a novice at reading poetry, I enjoyed Tennyson. My favorites were his narrative poems such as Ulysses, St. Simeon Stylites, The Lady of Shallot, Morte d’ Arthur and Tithonus. Picked up his ‘Idylls of the King’ and will try.
This collection has excerpts from Maud and In Memoriam A.H.H. with other examples of Tennyson’s varied types of poetry from the Charge of the Light Brigade to Break, break, break.

On His Stillborn Son

Little bosom not yet cold,
Noble forehead made for thought,
Little hands
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Eeshan
Sep 28, 2020 added it
Ulysses and Tithonus:

Ulysses, a mortal, yearns for eternal exploration and dynamism. He wants, in other words, never to die. On the other hand, Tithonus, an immortal, yearns to stop changing (to stop ageing) and to drop dead. The contrast between Ulysses and Tithonus furthers the ironic nature of Ulysses which is made noticeable by Tennyson quoting Milton at the end of the poem. Ultimately, the two together are about wanting what cannot be had, or more accurately, the fact that no matter what wi
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Ashley Nikole
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Twas my first real foray into poetry, and I have to admit, it was stunning. I found Tennyson's writing quite obtuse at times and had to read beyond slow and repeat certain phrases, but--that guy had some serious linguistic skills on him. My favourite piece was The Lady of Shallott. Such a whimsical but tragic poem. This definitely isn't a breeze-through book of poetry, on the contrary, it's quite intense--but there are some real gems to be found!
Gillian
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Poetry is subjective - what one person loves, another may loathe. Tennyson has written some of my favorite poems of all time (Ulysses and The Lady of Shalott jump particularly to mind). With that said, he's not one of my favorite poets simply because I am indifferent to many of his other poems. I can appreciate the beauty of his verse but poetry either speaks to you or it doesn't, and other poets' work is more for me.

This is a decent collection of Tennyson's work - a little taster, as it were.
Samantha
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tennyson writes so beautifully, and his poems are some of my favorites to get lost in. There are some, of course, that don't hold my attention (that's with everything though, it's rare I love every single thing an author or poet has written), but for the most part I can just devour his collected works like this.

If you are a poetry lover and haven't read Tennyson before, what are you waiting for!?
Paige
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depth of some divine despair
Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
In looking in the happy Autumn-fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more.”


M
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An exquisite collection of some of Tennyson's most beautiful and well-known pieces. His flawless style is timeless and never ceases to enchant me.
Benjamin Wallace
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic collection of Tennyson's poetry.
Romany Adams
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How could anyone not enjoy Tennyson? He's such a classic!
Austin Hoffman
May 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Only enjoyed the poems I knew before beginning: Ulysses, Charge of the Light Brigade,
JD Cliff
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a total newbie to Poetry, but even a beginner like me could hardly believe someone could write as beautiful as Tennyson. I'll come back to this again.
Mary Beth
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy “Every man’s” editions of poetry collections. Tennyson is certainly one of the greats. “The Lady of Shalott” and “In Memoriam” will always be favorites of mine.
Bonny
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Tennyson lives large in my mind partly because of my ten year old self having to memorize and recite The Charge of the Light Brgade in front of my classmates in school. Drama, more drama and death is what I recall, and that pretty much sums up his poetry for me now. Some of his subject matter (Homer, Camelot, Milton, Demeter) I find difficult to connect with, yet certainly appreciate his skill and effort in crafting each poem. My favorites of Tennyson are those dealing with the most basic univer ...more
Kristen
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
What I learned from this book is that Tennyson is pretty much immortal. Seriously, his poems are so good that not one of us realizes how good they truly are. I am still a Robert Frost fan though because his poems are much,, much more accessible. Tennyson is like the college professor that KNOWS how brilliant he is and wants to make sure everyone else also knows. Just when I was about to give up on understanding just about every poem in the book, I ran across the following verse, which I understo ...more
Kaelyn
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
This was my first foray into the more "serious" poetry types and I'm not sure if it was the best decision to pick this poet or not. While I liked most of the poems, some I felt were really hard to get through and I often found myself zoning out. At one point I thought about the Bible and that train of thought led to Paul Ryan. So I had a time trying to keep my attention on the poetry I was trying to read rather than my own bumpy train of thought.

I'm not going to evaluate how good or bad the poe
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Helena R-D
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't, oddly enough, ever read Tennyson. I had read novels that made mention of his poetry, but he was one I never got around to reading until now. Which is odd, because he's mostly known for his Arthurian poems and did inspire J.W. Waterhouse, who is one of my favourite painters ever.

This isn't a complete collection, but it is good enough to sink your teeth into and has his famous poems. They are lovely and very Victorian and when I was reading his memoriam to A.H.H., very passionate in a v
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Cassandra
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm not really a poetry fan (I know people gasp) but I could read most of Tennyson's and appreciate his writing style. He was both what I call a rhyming poet and a free style so I liked that he could pull off both sides. I think the only real reason he didn't get 5 stars was that nothing really popped out at me, like with Shakespeare (ugh that man) there are a few lines that I can memorize and appreciate. Tennyson didn't really have that effect on me, it was more just well versed poetry. To be h ...more
LemontreeLime
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
My copy of Tennyson went missing, and and I got this one as a replacement. This is a good short collection, and a nice handy size for carting around. But it's missing so many personal favorite poems of mine, that I just can't be satisfied with it, i will have to go in search of another edition that actually has more of his longer poems like 'Locksley Hall' in it.
David
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A recent trip to the UK reintroduced me to a half dozen different paintings interpreting portions of 'The Lady of Shalott'. Great to read the original poem again, and explore so much more of Tennyson's amazing work.
Karen
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
"Mariana" was my delight. But it's way longer than I imagined or would've preferred.
Tennyson has a very traditional style and is quite good at it. His "experiments" section had a couple of "dialect poems" that were more interesting though; clever, good for reading aloud.
Jeanne
Apr 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
always reading and rereading---
Stephen
Dec 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
I read a fair amount of Tennyson in an English Lit class and enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.
Toni Whitney
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have an 1800's illustrated volume/
Michaela
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-best-books
This book was an amazing example of Tennyson's best poetry, worth reading until known by heart, especially the Lady of Shallot.
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Alfred Tennyson, invariably known as Alfred Lord Tennyson on all his books, was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire, the fourth of the twelve children of George Tennyson, clergyman, and his wife, Elizabeth. In 1816 Tennyson was sent to Louth Grammar School, which he disliked so intensely that from 1820 he was educated at home until at the age of 18 he joined his two brothers at Trinity College, Cambrid ...more

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