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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton / Signet; Reissue edition (4 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451528751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451528759
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.6 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Capturing the many struggles of kings and commoners, and combining myth, epic splendor, and profound imagery, a brilliant collection of evocative poems seeks to unite the Victorian passion for public progress with private despair. Reprint. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sept. 1998
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After many, many years of good intentions I finally read Tennyson's Idylls of the King. What a pleasure and delight. The poetry is impressive, and the depiction of the Round Table is epochal. I have also compared it to some of Mallory. While Mallory established the standard for the Arthurian legend (in English, at any rate), Tennyson's poetry is far more impressive. The stories themselves seem more impressive in Tennyson's sure hands. Unfortunately, I also made the mistake of watching "Camelot" on video recently; what a travesty. Guenevere is referred to as Ginny, Sir Lancelot is called Lance, and the over-all Hollywood approach is debasing and embarrassing. One could be turned off from Camelot forever as a result of this atrocious film. Let us give praise for Alfred Lord Tennyson's Idylls of the King. It is magnificent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By momcat on 19 Sept. 2011
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This is a small unfussy paperback containing Tennyson's complete blank verse poem, Idylls of the King, tales about the Arthurian legends, as well as a selection of some of his poems. Some of these are extracts from longer poems, and it includes the Lady of Shalott - my favourite! It is a basic book which has no pretensions to being a pretty gift volume, but is ideal for someone who is more interested in the content rather than how it looks on the coffe-table. I find it requires a bit of concentration to understand the stories fully, but as always with Tennyson, the imagery in the phrases is wonderful and well worth the effort!
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By alan rutherford on 23 Jan. 2015
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Lovely little edition.
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Wonderful Evocation of Arthurian Legends 24 Sept. 1998
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After many, many years of good intentions I finally read Tennyson's Idylls of the King. What a pleasure and delight. The poetry is impressive, and the depiction of the Round Table is epochal. I have also compared it to some of Mallory. While Mallory established the standard for the Arthurian legend (in English, at any rate), Tennyson's poetry is far more impressive. The stories themselves seem more impressive in Tennyson's sure hands. Unfortunately, I also made the mistake of watching "Camelot" on video recently; what a travesty. Guenevere is referred to as Ginny, Sir Lancelot is called Lance, and the over-all Hollywood approach is debasing and embarrassing. One could be turned off from Camelot forever as a result of this atrocious film. Let us give praise for Alfred Lord Tennyson's Idylls of the King. It is magnificent!
I am now seventy eight and I enjoyed as much today as then sixty four years ago 4 Sept. 2014
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Read Idylls of the King back in high school as a sophomore. I am now seventy eight and I enjoyed as much today as then sixty four years ago. It is one of my favorites. Take your time reading it and savor the rich language and poetry. It is beautiful and well worth the read.
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A Reading From "Gareth and Lynette" 19 July 2009
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Tennyson has been tried by me in this, my first reading of him since a schoolboy, and, sadly, found seiously wanting indeed. Most every one of his poems is infused with a Victorian cant that emarrasses one. - Yet, the idea of Qink Arthur's court, drawing mortal men into a realm that is in the world but not of it, remains enchanting, if poorly executed. The passage I have chosen to read conveys this notion of enchantment better than any other in Tennyson's Idylls.
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