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Alfred Lord Tennyson - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of eighteenth century English poet Lord Alfred Tennyson
Alfred Lord Tennyson
(1809 - 1892)

 
Category:  English Literature
 
Born:  August 6, 1809
Somersby, Lincolnshire, England
 
Died:  October 6, 1892
Hazlemere, Surrey, England
 
Related authors:
Arthur Henry Hallam, Rudyard Kipling
 
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Alfred Lord Tennyson - LIFE STORIES
 
 
9/15/1833     Tennyson and In Memoriam
On this day in 1833 Arthur Henry Hallam (left) died at the age of twenty-two; in 1850, he would be eulogized in a poem which became a cornerstone for Tennyson and Victorian literature, In Memoriam A.H.H.:
    . . . I hold it true, whate'er befall;
    I feel it, when I sorrow most;
    'Tis better to have loved and lost
    Than never to have loved at all.
10/25/1854     "Theirs but to do and die"
On this day in 1854, one of the most famous battles of military history was fought at Balaclava, in the Crimea. Upon reading reports of the disaster in the Times five weeks later, Tennyson wrote "The Charge of the Light Brigade," composing the poem while raking leaves, he later said, and taking both the phrase and the idea that "someone had blundered" from the newspaper account.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Tennyson's Poetry: A Norton Critical Edition
by Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert W. Hill (Editor)
poetry
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son
by Hallam T. Tennyson
memoirs
 
Alfred Tennyson
by Andrew Lang
biography
 
In Memoriam, Maud, and Other Poems
by Alfred Tennyson, John D. Jump (Editor)
poetry
 
Tennyson
by Norman Page
biography
 
Tennyson: An Illustrated Life
by Norman Page
illustrations, photography
 
The Consolation of Otherness: The Male Love Elegy in Milton, Gray and Tennyson
by Matthew Curr
biography, criticism
 
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Academy of American Poets
Tennyson biography, poetry, and links. Also features excerpts from "In Memoriam," and selected poems including "The Kraken," "The Lady of Shalott," "The Splendor Falls," "Tears, Idle Tears," and "Ulysses."

"Tennyson escaped home in 1827 to attend Trinity College, Cambridge. In that same year, he and his brother Charles published Poems by Two Brothers. Although the poems in the book were mostly juvenilia, they attracted the attention of the 'Apostles,' an undergraduate literary club led by Arthur Hallam. The 'Apostles' provided Tennyson, who was tremendously shy, with much needed friendship and confidence as a poet. 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."
Alfred Lord Tennyson Homepage
Features a chronological index of Tennyson's works and extensive poetry collection, selected images, and informative timeline of the poet's life.

"His conversation is often delightful, I think, full of breadth, manliness and humour: he reads all sorts of things, swallows them and digests them like a great poetical boa-constrictor as he is . . ."
The Tennyson Page
Offers a chronological timeline of events in the poet's life, selected poems including "In Memoriam," "Demeter and Persephone," "Tiresias," and "Ulysses," and practical advice for students on how to write a paper about Tennyson's poetry.
The Victorian Web
Read essays which outline the political and social context in which Tennyson wrote, major themes, characterizations, use of imagery and symbolism, concordances with other authors (including Charlotte Brontė, Robert Browning, Charles Dickens, and Arthur Henry Hallam), and other literary criticism and analysis.

"Tennyson's career can be seen as a and courageous resistance to the demands of ironic art, an art he had, moreover, mastered very early. If one sets aside his minor poems - the political and public verse, his English and domestic idyls, and his dialect and humorous poems -- something like a semicircular pattern may be traced. The Poems by Two Brothers and the volumes of 1830, 1832, and 1842 all contain a few comic poems but show, in the main, a steady development toward more compact and rich ironic statement. Beginning with The Princess however, and continuing through In Memoriam and Maud, Tennyson tries various and often unique comic strategies, only to return to irony in the late poems, and particularly in Idylls of the King, surely the major ironic work of art of the century. This development is neither simple nor pure -- comic and ironic forms are used throughout his career –- but the main outlines seem reasonably clear."
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