Alfred Lord Tennyson - The Early Poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson - Volume III (Ebook)
"Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."
Volume III of III
Alfred Tennyson was born on August 6th, 1809, in Somersby, Lincolnshire, the fourth of twelve children.
Most of Tennyson's early education was under the direction of his father, although he did spend four unhappy years at a nearby grammar school. He left home in 1827 to join his elder brothers at Trinity College, Cambridge, more to escape his father than a desire for serious academic work. At Trinity he was living for the first time among young men of his own age who knew little of his problems. He was delighted to make new friends; he was handsome, intelligent, humorous, a gifted impersonator and soon at the center of those interested in poetry and conversation.
That same year, he and his brother Charles published Poems by Two Brothers. Although the poems in the book were of teenage quality, they attracted the attention of the “Apostles," a select undergraduate literary club led by Arthur Hallam. The “Apostles” provided Tennyson with friendship and confidence. Hallam and Tennyson became the best of friends; they toured Europe together in 1830 and again in 1832. Hallam’s sudden death in 1833 greatly affected the young poet. The long elegy In Memoriam and many of Tennyson’s other poems are tributes to Hallam.
In 1830, Tennyson published Poems, Chiefly Lyrical and in 1832 he published a second volume entitled simply Poems. Some reviewers condemned these books as “affected” and “obscure.” Tennyson, stung by the reviews, would not publish another book for nine years.
In 1836, he became engaged to Emily Sellwood. When he lost his inheritance on a failed investment in 1840, the engagement was cancelled.
In 1842, however, Tennyson’s Poems (in two volumes) was a tremendous critical and popular success. In 1850, with the publication of In Memoriam, Tennyson’s reputation was pre-eminent. He was also selected as Poet Laureate in succession to Wordsworth and, to complete a wonderful year, he married Emily Sellwood.
At the age of 41, Tennyson had established himself as the most popular poet of the Victorian era. The money from his poetry (at times exceeding 10,000 pounds per year) allowed him to purchase a home in the country and to write in relative seclusion. His appearance—a large and bearded man, he regularly wore a cloak and a broad brimmed hat—enhanced his notoriety.
In 1859, Tennyson published the first poems of Idylls of the Kings, which sold more than 10,000 copies in a fortnight. In 1884, he accepted a peerage, becoming Alfred Lord Tennyson.
On October 6th, 1892, an hour or so after midnight, surrounded by his family, he died at Aldworth. It is said that the moonlight was streaming through the window and Tennyson himself was holding open a volume of Shakespeare.
He was buried in Westminster Abbey.
Index of Contents
The Two Voices
The Sleeping Palace
The Sleeping Beauty
Will Waterproofs Lyrical Monologue
To―, after reading a Life and Letters
To E.L., on his Travels in Greece
The Lord of Burleigh
Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere: A Fragment
The Beggar Maid
The Vision of Sin
"Come not, when I am dead"
"Move eastward, happy earth, and leave"
"Break, break, break"
The Poet's Song
THE SUPPRESSED POEMS
The "How" and the "Why"
The Burial of Love
To―("Sainted Juliet! dearest name !")
Song ("I' the glooming light")
Song ("The lintwhite and the throstlecock")
Song ("Every day hath its night")
Nothing will Die
All Things will Die
Hero to Leander
Love, Pride and Forgetfulness
Chorus ("The varied earth, the moving heaven")
The Tears of Heaven
Love and Sorrow
To a Lady Sleeping
Sonnet ("Could I outwear my present state of woe")
Sonnet ("Though Night hath climbed her peak of highest noon")
Sonnet ("Shall the hag Evil die with child of Good")
Sonnet ("The pallid thunderstricken sigh for gain")
English War Song
We are Free
"Mine be the strength of spirit, full and free"
To―("All good things have not kept aloof)
Sonnet ("Oh, Beauty, passing beauty! sweetest Sweet!")
Song ("The golden apple, the golden apple, the hallowed fruit")
Song ("Who can say")
Sonnet ("Blow ye the trumpet, gather from afar")
To―("As when with downcast eyes we muse and brood")
O Darling Room
To Christopher North
The Skipping Rope
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