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Alfred, Lord Tennyson is among the most beloved English poets of all time. This edition of his selected poems includes classics like: - " The Lady of Shalott" - " Charge of the Light Brigade" - " Maud" - " Morte d'Arthur" - " Ulysses" - " The Lotus Eaters" Elegantly packaged with a ribbon marker, this volume is the perfect addition to any poetry library. Alfred, Lord Tennyson is among the most beloved English poets of all time. This edition of his selected poems includes classics like: - " The Lady of Shalott" - " Charge of the Light Brigade" - " Maud" - " Morte d'Arthur" - " Ulysses" - " The Lotus Eaters" Elegantly packaged with a ribbon marker, this volume is the perfect addition to any poetry library.


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Alfred, Lord Tennyson is among the most beloved English poets of all time. This edition of his selected poems includes classics like: - " The Lady of Shalott" - " Charge of the Light Brigade" - " Maud" - " Morte d'Arthur" - " Ulysses" - " The Lotus Eaters" Elegantly packaged with a ribbon marker, this volume is the perfect addition to any poetry library. Alfred, Lord Tennyson is among the most beloved English poets of all time. This edition of his selected poems includes classics like: - " The Lady of Shalott" - " Charge of the Light Brigade" - " Maud" - " Morte d'Arthur" - " Ulysses" - " The Lotus Eaters" Elegantly packaged with a ribbon marker, this volume is the perfect addition to any poetry library.

30 review for Tennyson: Selected Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book is an old friend; I've been reading it since before I understood half the things he was saying. It's not too often you find verses by one of the grand old masters that inspire similar feelings to those called up by a mug of hot chocolate and a huggable teddy bear. This book is an old friend; I've been reading it since before I understood half the things he was saying. It's not too often you find verses by one of the grand old masters that inspire similar feelings to those called up by a mug of hot chocolate and a huggable teddy bear.

  2. 4 out of 5

    D Hendrix

    "... and tho' we are not that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak in time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield." It is a testament to the poetry of this Lord Tennyson that I know those lines by heart. Truly, my favorite poets are of Irish extraction but I hold a special place in my heart for the words of Tennyson. "... and tho' we are not that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak in time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield." It is a testament to the poetry of this Lord Tennyson that I know those lines by heart. Truly, my favorite poets are of Irish extraction but I hold a special place in my heart for the words of Tennyson.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This is my favorite collection of poetry. Tennyson just speaks to me, for some reason. My first taste of Tennyson was "The Lotus Eaters" which I studied in High School in connection with "The Odyssey." I get warm fuzzies just thinking about Tennyson and Homer. This is my favorite collection of poetry. Tennyson just speaks to me, for some reason. My first taste of Tennyson was "The Lotus Eaters" which I studied in High School in connection with "The Odyssey." I get warm fuzzies just thinking about Tennyson and Homer.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    19th Century poetry is beautiful. Tennyson's works are pure bliss. When I read his poems, I just go off into a distant land in my head, and everything else just fades away. It's so freaky, but I love it, and I love Tennyson. I can't wait to start on his novels. Ahh. 19th Century poetry is beautiful. Tennyson's works are pure bliss. When I read his poems, I just go off into a distant land in my head, and everything else just fades away. It's so freaky, but I love it, and I love Tennyson. I can't wait to start on his novels. Ahh.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    "Hateful is the dark-blue sky, Vaulted o'er the dark-blue sea. Death is the end of life; ah, why Should life all labour be? Let us alone. Time driveth onward fast, And in a little while our lips are dumb. Let us alone. What is it that will last? All things are taken from us, and become Portions and parcels of the dreadful Past. Let us alone. What pleasure can we have To war with evil? Is there any peace In ever climbing up the climbing wave? All things have rest, and ripen toward the grave In silence; ripen, fa "Hateful is the dark-blue sky, Vaulted o'er the dark-blue sea. Death is the end of life; ah, why Should life all labour be? Let us alone. Time driveth onward fast, And in a little while our lips are dumb. Let us alone. What is it that will last? All things are taken from us, and become Portions and parcels of the dreadful Past. Let us alone. What pleasure can we have To war with evil? Is there any peace In ever climbing up the climbing wave? All things have rest, and ripen toward the grave In silence; ripen, fall and cease: Give us long rest or death, dark death, or dreamful ease."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gille Liath

    Apparently Tennyson asked that Crossing the Bar should be placed at the end of any anthology of his work, and this selection respects his wish. His godson Hallam, and perhaps the man himself, thought it the best thing he had ever done. It’s a poem where you get the general idea, but its specifics need a bit of explanation: what is the Bar? Why should it ‘moan’? And why hasn’t Tennyson already met his Pilot, before putting out to sea? Nevertheless it’s a masterly creation of an atmosphere, which a Apparently Tennyson asked that Crossing the Bar should be placed at the end of any anthology of his work, and this selection respects his wish. His godson Hallam, and perhaps the man himself, thought it the best thing he had ever done. It’s a poem where you get the general idea, but its specifics need a bit of explanation: what is the Bar? Why should it ‘moan’? And why hasn’t Tennyson already met his Pilot, before putting out to sea? Nevertheless it’s a masterly creation of an atmosphere, which as TS Eliot said was Tennyson’s strength. However this selection, made in 1941, majors on his narrative, Arthurian pieces: 60 pages of Enid, 30 of The Holy Grail, 20 of Guinevere. It has only brief excerpts of what now seem his most interesting works, In Memoriam and Maud, and omits things like The Two Voices and The Vision of Sin – both major but dark – altogether. It feels like the official, polite, Poet Laureate Tennyson, rather than the ‘hungry heart’; in fact you could be forgiven for thinking it was compiled with children in mind. The brief Introduction was written much more recently, by someone else entirely, and commends precisely the works that are not included; there are no notes to help the reader with obscurities like those of Crossing the Bar. Overall, the Penguin Classics edition edited by Christopher Ricks is a much better bet. There are some great poems here, though; Ulysses, for example, is genius. I would rather read that than the Odyssey itself.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Tennyson is one of those hoary old English poets that seem like they wouldn't have much to say to today's readers, and so for years I had ignored his work. That was a big mistake, since there's a lot more to this writer than "Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward" and voluminous facial hair. Although this small volume presents only small samplings of Tennyson's complete body of work, some of the excerpts from his longer poems are quite riveting, particularly those that are drawn from Tennyson is one of those hoary old English poets that seem like they wouldn't have much to say to today's readers, and so for years I had ignored his work. That was a big mistake, since there's a lot more to this writer than "Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward" and voluminous facial hair. Although this small volume presents only small samplings of Tennyson's complete body of work, some of the excerpts from his longer poems are quite riveting, particularly those that are drawn from Idylls of the King, his cycle of narrative poems built around the Arthurian mythos. Tennyson manages to inject the familiar world of the Round Table with new energy derived from his vigorous blank verse, delivered in a boldly rhythmic style that remains highly readable more than one hundred years after it was written. There are many other standouts in these pages, such as "Ulysses" and "The Voyage of Maeldune", and I'll be re-visiting this volume again, simply to revel in the rich music of Tennyson's powerful poetic voice.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ray's Artshelf

    Be near me when my light is low, __When the blood creeps, and the nerves prick __And tingle; and the heart is sick, And all the wheels of Being slow. (from 'In Memoriam A.H.H.') A good, small volume of selections from Tennyson's poetry. Brief passages only from larger works, and no critical notes, etc. Be near me when my light is low, __When the blood creeps, and the nerves prick __And tingle; and the heart is sick, And all the wheels of Being slow. (from 'In Memoriam A.H.H.') A good, small volume of selections from Tennyson's poetry. Brief passages only from larger works, and no critical notes, etc.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bee

    "Pure lilies of eternal peace, Whose odours haunt my dreams" -page 73 from 'Sir Galahad' "Pure lilies of eternal peace, Whose odours haunt my dreams" -page 73 from 'Sir Galahad'

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jen Jones

    Stirring poetry.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Magid

    Like I said, I'm just not that interested in 19th Century culture. Like I said, I'm just not that interested in 19th Century culture.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennelyn

    Tennyson is one of my favorite poets!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mina

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mani

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Fry Beasley

  16. 4 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Bellucci

  20. 5 out of 5

    lucy ∞

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    Rebecca

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  23. 5 out of 5

    Lattisha Fox

  24. 4 out of 5

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    Claire Saim

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh Wilson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Willoughby

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell

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