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Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson

1809 - 1892Alfred Tennyson was an English poet. He was the Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets. In 1829, Tennyson was awarded the Chancellor's Gold Medal at Cambridge for one of his first pieces, "Timbuktu". He published his first solo collection of poems, Poems Chiefly Lyrical, in 1830. "Claribel" and "Mariana", which remain some of Tennyson's most celebrated poems, were included in this volume. Although described by some critics as overly sentimental, his verse soon proved popular and brought Tennyson to the attention of well-known writers of the day, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Tennyson's early poetry, with its medievalism and powerful visual imagery, was a major influence on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Tennyson also excelled at short lyrics, such as "Break, Break, Break", "The Charge of the Light Brigade", "Tears, Idle Tears", and "Crossing the Bar". Much of his verse was based on classical mythological themes, such as "Ulysses", although "In Memoriam A.H.H." was written to commemorate his friend Arthur Hallam, a fellow poet and student at Trinity College, Cambridge, after he died of a stroke at the age of 22. Tennyson also wrote some notable blank verse including Idylls of the King, "Ulysses", and "Tithonus". During his career, Tennyson attempted drama, but his plays enjoyed little success. A number of phrases from Tennyson's work have become commonplace in the English language, including "Nature, red in tooth and claw" ("In Memoriam A.H.H."), "'Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all", "Theirs not to reason why, / Theirs but to do and die", "My strength is as the strength of ten, / Because my heart is pure", "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield", "Knowledge comes, but Wisdom lingers", and "The old order changeth, yielding place to new". He is the ninth most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.Read more on Wikipedia


A Character
A Dedication
A Dirge
A Dream of Fair Women
A farewell
A Medley: As Thro' The Land (The Princess)
A Medley: Ask Me No More (The Princess)
A Medley: Come Down, O Maid (The Princess)
A Medley: Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead (The Princess)
A Medley: Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal (The Princess)
A Medley: O Swallow (The Princess)
A Medley: Our Enemies Have Fall'n (The Princess)
A Medley: Tears, Idle Tears (The Princess)
A Medley: Thy Voice Is Heard (The Princess)
A Voice By The Cedar Tree
A Voice Spake Out Of The Skies
A Welcome To Alexandra
A Welcome To Her Royal Highness Marie Alexandrovna, Duchess Of Edinburgh.
Achilles Over The Trench
Akbars Dream
All Things Will Die
And Ask Ye Why These Sad Tears Stream?
As Thro' The Land At Eve We Went
Ask Me No More
Audley Court
Aylmers Field
Balin And Balan
Battle Of Brunanburgh
Beautiful City
Blow, Bugle, Blow
Break, Break, Break
By An Evolutionist
Come down, O Maid
Come Into The Garde, Maud
Come Not, When I Am Dead
Cradle Song
Crossing The Bar
Dark House
De Profundis
Dear Is The Memory Of Our Wedded Lives
Dedicatory Poem to the Princess Alice
Demeter And Persephone
Doubt And Prayer
Early Sonnets
Early Spring
Edward Gray
Edwin Morris
England And America In 1782
Enoch Arden
Epitaph On Caxton
Epitaph On General Gordon
Epitaph On Lord Stratford de Redcliffe
Flower In The Crannied Wall
Frater Ave Atque Vale
Gareth And Lynette
Geraint And Enid
God And The Universe
Hands All Round
Hateful Is The Dark-Blue Sky
Helens Tower
Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead
How Sweet It Were
How Thought You That This Thing Could Captivate?
Idylls Of The King: Song From The Marriage Of Geraint
Idylls of the King: The Last Tournament (Excerpt)
Idylls of the King: The Passing of Arthur (Excerpt)
In Memoriam 131: O Living Will That Shalt Endure
In Memoriam 16: I Envy Not In Any Moods
In Memoriam 3: O Sorrow, Cruel Fellowship
In Memoriam 82: I Wage Not Any Feud With Death
In Memoriam A.H.H (Entire Poem!!)
In Memoriam W. G. Ward
In Quantity
In The Childrens Hospital
In The Garden At Swainston
In The Valley Of Cautertz
June Bracken And Heather
Lady Clara Vere de Vere
Lady Clare
Lamentation Of The Peruvians
Lancelot And Elaine
Late, Late, So Late
Leonine Elegiacs
Literary Squabbles
Locksley Hall
Locksley Hall Sixty Years After
Lost Love
Love And Death
Love And Duty
Love Thou Thy Land, With Love Far-Brought
Mariana In The South
Marriage Morning
Maud; A Monodrama
Merlin And The Gleam
Merlin And Vivien
Milton (Alcaics)
Minnie And Winnie
Morte d'Arthur
Move Eastward, Happy Earth, And Leave
My Life Is Full Of Weary Days
Northern Farmer (New Style)
Northern Farmer (Old Style)
Nothing Will Die
Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal
O Beauty, Passing Beauty!
O, Were I Loved As I Desire To Be!
Ode On The Death Of The Duke of Wellington
Ode Sung At The Opening Of The International Exhibition
Ode To Memory
Of Old Sat Freedom
On A Mourner
On One Who Affected An Effeminate Manner
On The Jubilee Of Queen Victoria
Opening Of The Indian And Colonial Exhibition By The Queen
Owd Ro(1)
Pelleas And Ettarre
Poets And Critics
Poets And Their Bibliographies
Prefatory Poem To My Brothers Sonnets
Prefatory Sonnet
Princess: A Medley: The Splendour Falls On Castle Walls
Recollection Of The Arabian Nights
Riflemen Form!
Ring Out, Wild Bells
Romneys Remorse
Sea Dreams
Second Song
She Is Coming, My Own, My Sweet
Show-Day At Battle Abbey, 1876
Sir Galahad
Sir John Franklin
Sir John Oldcastle, Lord Cobham
Sir Launcelot And Queen Guinevere
Song: A Spirit Haunts The Years Last Hours
Song: The Winds, As At Their Hour Of Birth
Song: Who Can Say
Specimen Of A Translation Of The Lliad In Blank Verse
St. Agnes' Eve
St. Simeon Stylites
St. Telemachus
Supposed Confessions Of A Second-Rate Sensitive Mind
Sweet And Low
Tears, Idle Tears
The Ancient Sage
The Ballad Of Oriana
The Bandits Death
The Beggar Maid
The Blackbird
The Brook
The Burial Of Love
The Captain
The Charge Of The Heavy Brigade At Balaclava
The Charge Of The Light Brigade
The Church-Warden And The Curate
The Coming Of Arthur
The Daisy
The Dawn
The Day-Dream
The Dead Prophet
The Death Of The Duke Of Clarence And Avondale
The Death Of The Old Year
The Death Of none
The Defence Of Lucknow
The Deserted House
The Dying Swan
The Eagle (A fragment )
The Epic
The Fall Of Jerusalem
The First Quarrel
The Fleet
The Flight
The Flower
The Gardeners Daughter
The Golden Year
The Goose
The Grandmother
The Higher Pantheism
The Holy Grail
The Islet
The Kraken
The Lady Of Shalott
The Lady of Shalott (1832)
The Lady of Shalott (1842)
The Larger Hope
The Last Tournament
The Letters
The Lord Of Burleigh
The Lotos-Eaters
The Lovers Tale
The Making Of Man
The Marriage Of Geraint
The May Queen
The Mermaid
The Merman
The Miller's Daughter
The Northern Cobbler
The Oak
The Owl
The Palace Of Art
The Passing Of Arthur
The Pictures
The Play
The Poet
The Poets Mind
The Poets Song
The Princess (Part I)
The Princess (Part II)
The Princess (Part III)
The Princess (Part IV)
The Princess (Part V)
The Princess (Part VI)
The Princess (Part VII)
The Princess (Prologue)
The Princess (The Conclusion)
The Progress Of Spring
The Revenge
The Ring
The Ringlet
The Roses On The Terrace
The Sailor Boy
The Sea-Fairies
The Silent Voices
The Sisters
The Sisters (1880)
The Sisters' Shame
The Skipping-Rope
The Snowdrop
The Spinsters Sweet-Arts
The Spiteful Letter
The Splender Falls
The Talking Oak
The Tears Of Heaven
The Third Of February, 1852
The Throstle
The Tourney
The Two Voices
The Victim
The Village Wife
The Vision Of Sin
The Voice And The Peak
The Voyage
The Voyage Of Maeldune
The Walk At Midnight
The Wanderer
The Window
The Wreck
The How And The Why
To Alfred Tennyson, My Grandson
To Dante
To E. Fitzgerald: Tiresias
To E.L., On His Travels In Greece
To H.R.H. Princess Beatrice
To J.S.
To Mary Boyle
To One Who Ran Down The English
To Princess Frederica On Her Marriage
To Professor Jebb
To The Duke Of Argyll
To The Marquis Of Dufferin And Ava
To The Master Of Balliol
To The Queen
To The Rev. F.D. Maurice
To The Rev. W.H. Brookfield
To Ulysses*
To Victor Hugo
To Virgil
To W.C. Macready
Walking To The Mail
Why Do They Prate Of The Blessings Of Peace
Will Waterproofs Lyrical Monologue
You Ask Me, Why, Tho' Ill At Ease