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This volume offers one of the most comprehensive surveys of Tennyson's poetry available for the serious student. It includes selections from the 1830, 1832, and 1842 volumes, together with songs from The Princess and In Memoriam; complete poems from the middle period, including Maud, Enoch Arden, and nine Idylls of the King, including the Dedication; and a generous offe This volume offers one of the most comprehensive surveys of Tennyson's poetry available for the serious student. It includes selections from the 1830, 1832, and 1842 volumes, together with songs from The Princess and In Memoriam; complete poems from the middle period, including Maud, Enoch Arden, and nine Idylls of the King, including the Dedication; and a generous offering from the late period, 1872-92. The authoritative texts are based on the Cambridge Tennyson; additional selections have been taken from Sir Charles Tennyson's editions of Tennyson's Unpublished Early Poems (1931) and The Devil and the Lady (1930), as well as the Eversley edition, with notes by the poet's son. The texts of the poems are copiously annotated and the lines of poetry conveniently numbered for easy reference. A special section, Juvenilia and Early Responses, offers easy access to work by the young Tennyson, not readily available elsewhere, together with responses from his contemporaries. Criticism includes significant statements on Tennyson as well as interpretations of the major poems. A special feature is Georg Roppen's essay on Tennyson and the theory of evolution. Other critical voices are those of A. C. Bradley, Harold Nicolson, Douglas Bush, Arthur J. Carr, T. S. Eliot, Paull F. Baum, John Killham, F. E. L. Priestley, Francis Golffing, and Robert W. Hill, Jr. A Chronology, Selected Bibliography, and Index are also included.


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This volume offers one of the most comprehensive surveys of Tennyson's poetry available for the serious student. It includes selections from the 1830, 1832, and 1842 volumes, together with songs from The Princess and In Memoriam; complete poems from the middle period, including Maud, Enoch Arden, and nine Idylls of the King, including the Dedication; and a generous offe This volume offers one of the most comprehensive surveys of Tennyson's poetry available for the serious student. It includes selections from the 1830, 1832, and 1842 volumes, together with songs from The Princess and In Memoriam; complete poems from the middle period, including Maud, Enoch Arden, and nine Idylls of the King, including the Dedication; and a generous offering from the late period, 1872-92. The authoritative texts are based on the Cambridge Tennyson; additional selections have been taken from Sir Charles Tennyson's editions of Tennyson's Unpublished Early Poems (1931) and The Devil and the Lady (1930), as well as the Eversley edition, with notes by the poet's son. The texts of the poems are copiously annotated and the lines of poetry conveniently numbered for easy reference. A special section, Juvenilia and Early Responses, offers easy access to work by the young Tennyson, not readily available elsewhere, together with responses from his contemporaries. Criticism includes significant statements on Tennyson as well as interpretations of the major poems. A special feature is Georg Roppen's essay on Tennyson and the theory of evolution. Other critical voices are those of A. C. Bradley, Harold Nicolson, Douglas Bush, Arthur J. Carr, T. S. Eliot, Paull F. Baum, John Killham, F. E. L. Priestley, Francis Golffing, and Robert W. Hill, Jr. A Chronology, Selected Bibliography, and Index are also included.

30 review for Tennyson's Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Edward

    Truly phenomenal, evocative poetry full of imagery and a feeling of timelessness.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sanjana

    Is it okay to admit that some of the poetry was difficult to understand? But that doesn't make me as a reader fall in love with the lyrical beauty of all his words! Love love love this book. I am no poetry critic, so I don't have anything valuable to add in my review, except that go read this book if you appreciate poetry. Is it okay to admit that some of the poetry was difficult to understand? But that doesn't make me as a reader fall in love with the lyrical beauty of all his words! Love love love this book. I am no poetry critic, so I don't have anything valuable to add in my review, except that go read this book if you appreciate poetry.

  3. 4 out of 5

    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!!!! 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!!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Kay Silva

    What Tennyson lacks in concise language he makes up for in the beauty of these lyrical verses. The subject matters that this author chooses are all things that if I were to write poetry I would also choose. Gallantry and Chivarly of Knights and Princesses. King Arthur and his court. References to Greek Mythology and a constant fascination with death.

  5. 4 out of 5

    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 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

  6. 5 out of 5

    Padya Paramita

    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 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

  7. 4 out of 5

    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 su 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 such as Ulysses, Tithonus, The Holy Grail, St. Simeon Stylites, The Lotos Eaters and Morte d’Arthur. (Parts of In Memoriam are also outstanding.) On the reputation of these works alone, he stands among the greatest English poets. The Norton Critical Edition is an excellent collection of Tennyson’s poems, with helpful footnotes throughout. It does a good job of selecting his best works, and culling the dross. I recommend the poems mentioned above. His epic, Idylls of the King, is an interesting failure. Love or hate poetry, I recommend Tennyson. This book is an excellent starting point.

  8. 4 out of 5

    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. 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    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. 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    It is hard for a soldier to not love The Charge of the Light Brigade. I love The Eagle, simple and elegant. The Kracken is great as well. I tend to fall with the critics who aren't fans of the Idylls of the King, but some portions are compelling. It is hard for a soldier to not love The Charge of the Light Brigade. I love The Eagle, simple and elegant. The Kracken is great as well. I tend to fall with the critics who aren't fans of the Idylls of the King, but some portions are compelling.

  11. 5 out of 5

    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. 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    I have only read some of his poems but they are fantastic beyond all expectations

  13. 5 out of 5

    Albie

    Tennyson's Poetry: Authoritative Texts, Contexts, Criticism (Norton Critical Editions) by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Baron (1999) Tennyson's Poetry: Authoritative Texts, Contexts, Criticism (Norton Critical Editions) by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Baron (1999)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Grant

    "She took the dappled partridge flecked with blood," "She took the dappled partridge flecked with blood,"

  15. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I highly recommend Odysseus, The Lady of Shalott, and Crossing the Bar.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Hall

    Tennyson, like his poetry, went on forever. I am pretty fond of Tithonus though.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mii

    This book is a great read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sissi

    a classic and an impressing statue in Lincoln, UK.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Fred Dameron

    What can one say, It's Tennyson. What can one say, It's Tennyson.

  20. 4 out of 5

    P.S. Winn

    poems, songs and great writing.Alfred Tennyson is a classic writer I think all should read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Pitkin

    Alfred, Lord Tennyson was the consummate Victorian poet. He is far from my favourite of that era - I think Robert Browning was far more interesting, bridging between Victorianism and Modernism - but Tennyson was the most representative poet of his time. "The Lady of Shallott," "Ulysses," "In Memoriam," "Charge of the Light Brigade," and several others are poems you could use to introduce a new recruit to Tennyson's art. "Ulysses" and "The Lotos Eaters" are probably my favourite, and not just for Alfred, Lord Tennyson was the consummate Victorian poet. He is far from my favourite of that era - I think Robert Browning was far more interesting, bridging between Victorianism and Modernism - but Tennyson was the most representative poet of his time. "The Lady of Shallott," "Ulysses," "In Memoriam," "Charge of the Light Brigade," and several others are poems you could use to introduce a new recruit to Tennyson's art. "Ulysses" and "The Lotos Eaters" are probably my favourite, and not just for referring to Homer's 'Odyssey', but rather for representing the complexities of Tennyson's poetry. The first one is sometimes seen as a triumphant commitment to following the hero's journey - to striving to seek, find and not yield. But modern critics have also elected darker undertones in the poem, such as Ulysses's ironic renunciation of his kingship in favour of the wanderer's vagabond lifestyle. Both could work, but I prefer not to see them as mutually exclusive. Ulysses, or Odysseus, was that "man of many turns, who wandered far and wide" - this suggests that his truest nature is a kingliness found in a never-ending quest, a quest where home will never do because it deprives one of growth. That is the nature of Homer's 'Odyssey': it is a quest narrative, where the power and kingship of an individual, a nation, a people, is found in the process of finding rather than coming to rest at a particular given. Both schools could be seen to be wrong in dividing interpretations of the poem - both fit together as necessary parts. "The Lotos Eaters" is a brilliant poem that replicates its subject matter of the Lotus Eaters by producing a work meant to lull the reader into a sense of relaxation - to bring them to terms with the Lotus People. The poem can be read many different ways, about isolation and community, as a readerly experience, as both, as the integration of life and death.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Leone Davidson

    When I first read Tennyson's work more than thirty years ago, I admit I was not impressed; reading him now, his work definitely speaks more to me than it did then, and while I still would not characterize him as a favorite, I did enjoy reading the selections in this book. I would very much recommend! When I first read Tennyson's work more than thirty years ago, I admit I was not impressed; reading him now, his work definitely speaks more to me than it did then, and while I still would not characterize him as a favorite, I did enjoy reading the selections in this book. I would very much recommend!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sushmita Payal

    His poems endure speaking clearly to this modern one. His mastery of a great variety of poetic forms and moods enabled him to communicate such extremes of feeling as calm despair and wild rest, rapturous love, the soul of the rose went into my blood and noble resolve.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Oneeb

    Favourite poems: -The eagle -Cradle song -Charge of the light brigade -Break break break -Beauty -Tears idle tears -Crossing the bar -Fatima -In the valley of cauteretz -Lullaby -O beauty passing beauty -The death of the old year -The owl

  25. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    a bit hard to understand at times

  26. 5 out of 5

    KishaWhitmoore

    Love his stuff!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sally Yeagley

    Mainly wanted to read Idylls of the King and enjoyed it. Also liked The Princess. Appreciate the skill of poetry but not the biggest fan.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lora

    my beloved <3

  29. 5 out of 5

    Izora

    The plot had so many fun moments and maintained a steady climb towards the end of the book when everything was resolved. The ending was perfect.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    I loved the detail when describing the settings and the history behind the motivations of the characters.

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