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Alfred Tennyson was born on August 6, 1809 in Somersby, England. He attended Trinity College in Cambridge. Tennyson is chiefly known for his poetry, an art form that had interested him since the age of six. His best known work is the Idylls of the King. Tennyson was appointed Poet Laureate of England in 1850 and became the Baron of Aldworth and Farrington in 1883. Tennyson was still writing his his 80s, and died on October 6, 1892 near Haslemere, England. (Bowker Author Biography) If there were a contest for the title "greatest Victorian poet," Tennyson would in death, as in life, obtain the prize. He had the finest ear of any English poet, admitting to know the metrical value of every word in the English language except "scissors." In addition, his ability to evoke a closely rendered scene was unsurpassed. Therefore, although those who sought to attack Tennyson called him "the stupidest of the English poets," he remains the only one ennobled for his poetry. Tennyson was born at Somersby rectory in Lincolnshire, the son of the rector there, and was educated at Louth Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge. His earliest published verse, Poems Chiefly Lyrical (1830) and Poems (1833), were considered too sentimental by many critics. Signs of future greatness could be detected in some of the poems in these collections, however. In 1842, a new volume entitled Poems was published. This work, consisting of heavily revised poems from the two earlier collections as well as many new poems, helped to establish Tennyson's fame. His masterpiece, In Memoriam (1850), crowned his fame. The work is a tribute to his close friend Arthur Henry Hallam, whose sudden death in 1833 was a crucial event in the poet's life. The year it was published he succeeded Wordsworth as poet laureate of England. Thereafter, he became tremendously popular and held the respect and admiration of the nation, including Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. From that point, Tennyson also became the poet of the establishment, and for the next 40 years he was the Parnassian idol whom younger poets would vainly seek to topple. In many of his poems, including "Ulysses," "The Princess," and "Idylls of the King" (1859--1885), Tennyson trumpeted the creed of the benevolent tyrant. It was this embrace of an authoritarian universe that, as much as his versecraft, had earned him the respect of the British monarchs. His lifelong fascination with King Arthur was the inspiration for Idylls of the King, a series of 12 narrative poems published over a period of 26 years. In 1888, Tennyson chronologically arranged these 12 poems, thus depicting the full story of Arthur and his vision of the perfect state. Tennyson's last poem, "Crossing the Bar," was a 16-line lyric written while crossing from Lymington to the Isle of Wight. It was included in a collection entitled Demeter and Other Poems published in 1889. Tennyson's most characteristic form of poetry was the idyl, a poem of country life. These poems frequently take the form of dramatic reveries that tell a story. Mood is often created through the power of richly described settings. All of Tennyson's work reflects his talent for achieving fine shades of poetic expression, and his lyrics express the emotions and experiences shared by all people. His work is also notable for its heroic quality. In 1883, Tennyson was awarded the title of Baron Tennyson by Queen Victoria; his full title was Baron of Aldworth and Farringford. When he died in 1892, he was buried in the Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey. Tennyson's letters show almost nothing of the vividness and brilliance of his poetry, but Cecil Y. Lang and Edgar F. Shannon have been publishing them for their sidelights. More important for an understanding of Tennyson's poetry, the century-long ban on publishing the contents of Tennyson's notebooks, held by Trinity College in Cambridge, was lifted not long ago; an edition of In Memoriam, incorporating these variants, was brought out by Susan Shatto and Marion Shaw in 1982. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Idylls of the King 2,289 copies, 16 reviews
Poems of Tennyson (Author) 1,084 copies, 3 reviews
The Lady of Shalott 469 copies, 5 reviews
Selected Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) (Author) 337 copies, 1 review
Tennyson's Poems 229 copies, 1 review
In Memoriam 174 copies, 3 reviews
The Princess 133 copies, 1 review
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Selected Poems 69 copies, 1 review
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A Choice of Tennyson's Verse (Author) 35 copies
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Works 1 copy
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Day by Day 1 copy, 1 review
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Dedication 1 copy
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Paradise Lost [Norton Critical Edition] (Contributor, some editions) 2,032 copies, 12 reviews
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Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 857 copies, 7 reviews
The Nation's Favourite Poems (Author, some editions) 577 copies, 7 reviews
The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis (Contributor) 476 copies, 11 reviews
A Treasury of the World's Best Loved Poems (Contributor) 470 copies, 4 reviews
Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems Illustrated (Contributor) 372 copies, 4 reviews
Literature: The Human Experience (Contributor) 315 copies
From the Tower Window (My Book House) (Contributor) 285 copies, 2 reviews
The Treasure Chest (My Book House) (Contributor) 280 copies, 3 reviews
In the Nursery (My Book House) (Contributor) 250 copies
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (Contributor) 213 copies, 2 reviews
Arthurian Legends (Contributor) 177 copies
Dragons, Elves, and Heroes (Contributor) 118 copies
Major British Writers, Volumes I and II (Contributor) 114 copies, 1 review
A Literary Christmas: An Anthology (Contributor) 107 copies
The Norton Book of Travel (Contributor) 106 copies, 1 review
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (Contributor) 99 copies, 1 review
Project Solar Sail (Contributor) 89 copies, 1 review
A Book of Narrative Verse (Contributor) 59 copies, 1 review
The Magic Circle: Stories and People in Poetry (Contributor) 27 copies, 1 review
The Charge of the Light Brigade [1968 film] (Original poem) 27 copies, 1 review
Modern Arthurian Literature (Contributor) 27 copies
A Skeleton At the Helm (Contributor) 24 copies
Dark of the Moon: Poems of Fantasy and the Macabre (Contributor) 23 copies, 1 review
And the Darkness Falls (Contributor) 22 copies, 1 review
AQA Anthology (Author, some editions) 18 copies
Classic Hymns & Carols (Contributor) 13 copies
English Narrative Poems (Contributor) 11 copies
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (Contributor) 7 copies
An Adult's Garden of Bloomers (Contributor) 7 copies
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Selected Ballads (Author) 5 copies
La poesía inglesa románticos y victorianos (Contributor) 4 copies, 1 review
Evergreen Stories (Contributor) 4 copies
A Chilling Collection (Contributor) 2 copies
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