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Book Title: Poetical Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson|
The author of the book: Alfred Tennyson
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Edition: Dyson Press
Date of issue: October 26th 2007
ISBN 13: 9781408630433
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The size of the: 3.14 MB
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Tennyson was poet laureate and the darling of the Romantic Age in England. Enobled by Victoria he was the son of a poor parish priest who had 12 children, the family living on in the manse after the father’s death until forced to move. The death of his friend Hallam figured highly in his life and verse.
To ears accustomed to Blank and Free Verse it seems remarkable that everything here rhymes. To modern ears some of this verse can seem somewhat stilted but his ability to express himself in rhyming verse is nothing short of remarkable. The order of words in a sentence is altered to emphasize certain thoughts and facilitate rhymes in a manner that has come to be thought of as poetic expression. Think of the way Yoda talks in Star Wars. This is the poet of the Victorian Era.
After working our way through the early works and short poems we come to long form verse. The Princess is 80 pages followed by In Memoriam written to mark the death of his friend, another 80 pages.
And so a year after I began the reading I reach the close though with a 6 month hiatus for travel.
The book was my mother’s. Truly an antique printed at a time when copyrite dates were not yet part of the process. Leatherbound with ancient plastic wrapper long disintegrated enclosed in cardboard case. Printed in fine type on onion skin paper with built-in ribbon bookmark.
The final long-form poem is a classic tale of a love triangle involving two boys and a girl in a small port town. In an age before modern communications sailors disappeared for decades at a time without any word reaching home. Some were lost without record, were shipwrecked on isolated desert islands inspiring tales such as Robinson Crusoe, or traveled the world on shipboard knowing little of the exotic ports of call they visited save the bars and brothels of the waterfront.
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Read information about the authorAlfred 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, Cambridge and with his brother Charles published his first book, Poems by Two Brothers the same year.
His second book, Poems Chiefly Lyrical was published in 1830. In 1833, Tennyson's best friend Arthur Henry Hallam, who was engaged to his sister, died, inspiring some of his best work including In Memoriam, Ulysses and the Passing of Arthur.
In 1850, following William Wordsworth, Tennyson was appointed Poet Laureate and married his childhood friend, Emily Sellwood. They had two children, Hallam born in 1852 and Lionel, two years later. In 1884, as a great favourite of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, he was raised to the peerage and was thereafter known as Baron Tennyson of Aldworth. He was the first Englishman to be granted such a high rank solely for literary distinction.
Tennyson continued to write poetry throughout his life and in the 1870s also wrote a number of plays. he died in 1892 at the age of 83 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.
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