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Selected Poems (Classics) [Paperback]

Alfred Tennyson , Aidan Day
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28 Nov 1991 Classics
A substantial selection of Tennyson's poetry, edited according to the principles of the Penguin English Poets series. This volume concentrates on the period characterized by "Maud"(1855) and "In Memoriam" (1850).

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (28 Nov 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140445455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140445459
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.3 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"* 'A world-class poet, one of that extraordinary group - perhaps a dozen? - who illuminate our lives, not just for now, but for as long as words have meaning' Carolyn Kizer * 'A sustained creative effort issuing in an oeuvre of epic sweep and lyric intensity' Seamus Heaney" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John Montague was born in the USA in 1929 but brought up on the family farm in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland. He has taught at Berkeley and the Univ. of Paris, and currently holds the prestigious Ireland Chair of Poetry. He edited the Faber Book of Irish Verse. He lives in Co. Cork. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The kindle version needs editing 1 Mar 2012
By Edelbee
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Do you remember the time when you cut and pasted something you had written in one wordprocessor program in to another? Remember how the lines were thrown out? How even words were split up?

Remember how you had to spend an eternity editing the damn thing? Putting the lines back in order - putting the words back together? After all you'd have felt too ashamed to send the ruddy thing out in the mutilated useless shape that it had assumed after you had unwisely decided to try and cut corners with a cut and paste stratagem wouldn't you?

This sense of shame does not, it appears, apply if you are called Penguin UK Ltd!!

This book does indeed consist of a fine selection of Tennyson's poems but enjoyment of such is rendered impossible by the shape that they have assumed after Penguin ported the edition over in to e-book format.

The lines meander across the page, seemingly following no pattern at all. It is not possible to replicate the effect by direct emulation here. I tried to do so but it is edited out when I submit the review for publication.
[Penguin please acquire the technology!!]

One line has the words " The stream flows". It appears half of the way across the page.

The next line - half way across the page reads : "10"

The following line, two thirds of the way across the page consists of the solitary letter "T"

The next line reads as follows "he wind blows."

It has to be seen to be believed. [ Please do not shell out any money in order to do so]

Man alive! I paid three times as much for this abortion as I would have for the paperback edition .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value. 9 Oct 2010
By TiDi
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This lovely little book only costs a couple of pounds. Why would you have to think about it? Have bought this as a stocking filler for Christmas. Most people would be pleased with this I think.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This strikes me as being a very fair selection of Tennyson's work. However, the editor appears to be rather in awe of Christopher Ricks' definitive edition - so much so that it has reduced him to a brevity that almost verges on silence. So, it is excellent as a taster but, by Aidan Day's own reckoning, I cannot help feel that if you want a real edition, go to Ricks. But there's the problem - I don't seem to be able to find Ricks' edition, and in the meantime, there are cruces and obscurities in this selection that could be illuminated by some simple annotations. I really want Day's scholarship to come to bear - I know that he's got it! So why doesn't he try to beat an easier path into Tennyson for the new reader?
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