Alfred, Lord Tennyson -

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92) was born in Lincolnshire, the sixth of eleven children of a clergyman. After a childhood marked by trauma, he went up to Cambridge in 1828, where he met Arthur Hallam, whose premature death had a lasting influence on Tennyson's life and writing. His two volumes of Poems (1842) established him as the leading poet of his generation, and of the Victorian period. He was created Poet Laureate in 1850 and in 1883 accepted a peerage. In T. S. Eliot's words, 'He has three qualities which are seldom found together except in the greatest poets: abundance, variety and complete competence. He had the finest ear of any English poet since Milton.'

Product code: 9780571207008

ISBN 9780571207008
No. Of Pages 96
Series Poet to Poet
Publisher Faber & Faber
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H197xW120xS7
Edition Main - Poet to Poet
In the "Poet to Poet" series, a contemporary poet advocates a poet of the past or present whom they have particularly admired. By their selection of verses and their critical reactions, the selectors offer intriguing insights into their own work. Here, Mick Imlah selects Tennyson.