A century ago Tennyson had begun to be dismissed as a poet whose work embodied everything the modern world was looking to leave behind. He still seems to readers to embody the substance of the Victorian era more fully than any other poet-but nowadays that is again counted in his favour. Critics continue to find layers of complexity in poems once thought simplistic-while appreciating with fresh ears Tennyson's aural mastery.
This new edition includes the two long poems "In Memoriam" and "Maud: A Monodrama" in their entirety, all the short poems for which Tennyson remains famous and a generous selection of his lesser-known poetry, together with a concise introduction to the poet and his work and substantial headnotes for "In Memoriam", "Maud" and "Idylls of the King". Unlike other editions that provide a selection of Tennyson's work, this one includes both marginal glosses of obscure or archaic words and phrases and extensive annotations at the bottom of each page. Appendices of visual material are also included.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) was a British poet. He served as England's Poet Laureate from 1850 until his death in 1892 and was one of the most popular poets of the Victorian era. Erik Gray, an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, is the author of The Poetry of Indifference and Milton and the Victorians. He has also edited "In Memoriam" for the Norton Critical Editions series.
Introduction The Kraken Mariana Song [A spirit haunts the year's last hours] The Dying Swan To ---, with the Following Poem Oenone The Palace of Art The Lady of Shalott The Lotos-Eaters Ulysses The Epic Morte d'Arthur [Break, break, break] St. Simeon Stylites Locksley Hall from "The Princess" [Sweet and Low] [The Splendour Falls] [Tears, Idle Tears] [Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal] [Come Down, O Maid] [The Woman's Cause is Man's] "In Memoriam" The Eagle The Charge of the Light Brigade "Maud: A Monodrama" Tithonus [Flower in the Crannied Wall] from "Idylls of the King", The Holy Grail To E. FitzGerald Tiresias Vastness To the Marquis of Dufferin and Ava Far - Far - Away Crossing the Bar Appendix A: Images of Tennyson 1. Photographs and Paintings 2. From Thomas Carlyle, Letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson (5 August 1844) Appendix B: Victorian Images of Arthurian Legend 1. Selected Paintings Appendix C: Crimea and the Camera 1. Roger Fenton, Selected Photographs