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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (25 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199554692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199554690
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 3.6 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Roberts teaches at Royal Holloway, University of London. He edited Robert Browning for the Oxford Authors series and is co-editor of Volume Ten of the Oxford Poetical Works of Robert Browning. He is also a novelist whose science-fiction is published by Gollancz. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tibby on 11 July 2011
Format: Paperback
Well presented with clear typeface. Courtship letters are a bonus but some rather obvious shorter poems were omitted in favour of out of context extracts from longer ones.
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To state the obvious, an English-language classic. 15 Sep 2009
By Sean Curley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
How does one, in 2009, write a real review of the collected major works of Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson? Lord Tennyson, the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom in the high Victorian era, was probably the defining English-language poet of his era (Robert Browning being probably his only real rival, and none of Browning's writings are as widely-known today as "The Lady of Shalott" or "Ulysses"). Moreover, he is one of the most proficient technicians of English language poetry in any era, matched only by a handful of others (Geoffrey Chaucer, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Milton, John Keats, the aforementioned Browning). Anything less than five stars would be tantamount to heresy.

The book collects the contents in chronological order, either grouped under publication headings (such as the 1832 and 1842 volumes identically titled "Poems") or time periods ("Poems from the 1870s and 1880s"). Included in its entirety is his lengthy opus "In Memorium A.H.H.", his salute to his deceased would-be-brother-in-law Arthur Hallam (whose surname would later be repurposed as the first name of Tennyson's own son). It should be noted that Tennyson's longest poetical work, "The Idylls of the King", is not included here in its entirety, presumably because it's long enough to support its own separate publication, and this is a fairly big volume as it is. Two sections, 'Merlin and Vivien' and 'The Holy Grail', are included as samples. Other especially large works included in their entirety are "Maud" and "The Princess". As well, the book includes a selection of Tennyson's personal correspondence relating to his work (such as a letter to Princess Alice explaining the dedication of a new edition of "The Idylls of the King" to her deceased father Albert, the Prince-consort).

There's not much more to write concisely about literary contents, other than that everyone should be encouraged to read the works of one of the greats of the Victorian period. "Ulysses", Tennyson's most widely-anthologized and widely-taught poem, remains my favourite, one of the poems that got me interested in the genre. It retains an irresistible interpretational ambiguity between the inspiring language and the underlying sadness of what Ulysses has become (after a lifetime spent moving Heaven and Earth to get home to his family, all he wants to do is leave for more adventures, dismissing his "aged wife" in a single line).

The Oxford Classics edition is as good a collection of Tennyson's major writing as one is likely to find.
Tennyson poetry 11 May 2014
By J. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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It can be said, and rightly so, that Tennyson can be depressing. Most of his poetry is glum - but nonetheless, it is the work of a genius. The book is lengthy and you can pick and choose what you want to read so you're bound to find something that reflects your own thoughts or in any even is just plain marvelous writing.
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This is it? 9 Dec 2012
By Perchie - Published on Amazon.com
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I assumed being an Oxford World Classic would mean A LOT of footnotes and explanations of words and phrases, but there's almost nothing. At least the poems are presented well.
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