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The Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson [Unknown Binding]

Alfred Tennyson Tennyson
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  • Publisher: Macmillan (1888)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0018DY6OY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Although Tennyson had already published a collection of poetry in 1827 in conjunction with his elder brothers, this volume, the first exclusively of his own poems and no longer consisting of pastiche of earlier poets like Milton, Pope and Byron, was a career landmark. Read the first page
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Large Collection of Tennyson 10 April 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a large and I think exhaustive anthology of the poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson. It includes all the work you would expect in a collection from Tennyson. I have to admit it took some getting through as there is a lot of poetry on show here (over 600 pages), having said that it covers over 50 years of the author's work.

Tennyson is a very imaginative if sometimes a bit morbid poet but once you get into it, it become very enjoyable and takes you into another world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear Headed Friend 6 May 2010
Format:Paperback
On a recent expedition to a seldom visited corner of my bookshelves, I came across an ancient edition of Tennyson's poems, undated, since the flyleaf had been eaten by mice; and from the condition of the rest of the book, an ornate American edition, almost unread. The whole volume was a triumph of style over substance (or at least utility), ornate binding, small florid typeface, crammed into double columns on each page. No guidance or foreword, only indices of titles and first lines!

What a contast in the modern Wordsworth edition, where even the poem, printed facing the title page("Crossing the Bar") has a brief note placing it in context!

As a social historian manque, and someone who cannot appreciate a work of art without a context, I found this book a useful revelation. The introduction by Karen Hodder, is informed and comprehensive, and accessible without talking down to the reader. It does not shirk from using the occasional long word, but it is not more demanding than the works it introduces. Both she, and the publisher are to be congratulated on eschewing the blight of the academic book - the footnote, a distraction in small print, especially when longer than the main text, and spilling across pages, in favour of "Headnotes", which naturally are read before the accompanying poem. My prayer is that the notes are not so good that they will make reading the actual poems superfluous to todays spoon-fed scholar of short attention span!

There is a story told about Tennyson, who was sitting at a dinner party, next to a young lady, who eagerly anicipated an evening of witty repartee from the literary lion. She was, alas, disappointed. The poet spoke only twice - once to complain to his companion "Madam, your stays creak" (at the soup course); and over the desert "Madam, I apologise, it is not your stays, it is my braces"!

I am glad to say that none of Ms Hodder's (literary) apparatus creaks!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GENUINELY QUESTIONING POET 10 Jan 2010
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Karen Hodder reveals to us the man behind the poetry,by introducing the ten chronlogical sections of this book with a brief,but helpful headnote to each.This complements the informed introduction to this prolific writer,so aptly described as 'a genuinely questioning poet'.Superb value and worthy of its place on the bookshelf of all poetic afficionados.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A compendium of Works 4 April 2011
Format:Paperback
This is a comprehensive collection of Tennyson's works under one cover. I bought this edition having mislaid my original. I wanted to re-read In Memoriam. This very long poem is published in full, all too often versions are abridged nowadays, good to see the complete text. In the book there are one or two typographical errors (quite amusing in places); normally these associate with the first word of line. My only other minor complaint is the font size. It is quite small but the trade off is size and price of volume against this aspect. Overall a good book for anyone wanting a solid collection at a very affordable price (undergraduates take note!).
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3.0 out of 5 stars More than school memories 5 April 2009
Format:Paperback
Pity that the book is laid out like a dull school text book. Why can't the classics be presented attractively. The boring presentation is probably why so many of my old classics ended up at jumble sales. Since I have been reintorduced to verse thanks to modern poets such as Laurence Phillips and Roger McGough, I have been thinking about the stuff we did at school. Picked up this new (if predictably boringly printed) edition in the sales and, thanks to the index, found my way to some old familiar friends. Lines almost forgotten rushed at me like old friends. The dramatic light brigade and arthur stuff is here, but better yet the shorter poems. Flow down cold rivulet to the sea has come to mind so many times over the years and I had forgotten it was Tennyson. To quote from my favourite page: O for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is still.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brill! 31 Dec 2012
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just recieved it today and for a used book it was in fab condition, the book itself the layout is brilliant, easy to read and te quality of the text and paper are excellent. great read, cant put it down.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality paperback 23 Dec 2012
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Disappointing presentation - although a fairly comprehensive collection of Tennyson's work, this book is not of sufficient quality to enjoy reading the poetry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Basic Collection
This is what it says on the cover. The collected works. I wanted to study some particular poems and it was a good bonus to have the chance to read more of them at my leisure.
Published 1 month ago by Pollysue
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic poetry, nice edition.
Obviously, Tennyson's work needs little said for it. This edition features all his poetry, and for the very affordable price this edition is very good quality. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jack Ford
3.0 out of 5 stars First Timer
I had never read Tennyson prior to getting this book and choose it as a starting point. The language is very descriptive but given that he was writing in he 19th century it can... Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Hurst
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value
I assume you want me to review the product, not the poetry!

The book is comprehensive, though because the paper is off white type is small, is not easy to read in less... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Alan Hooker
5.0 out of 5 stars There are poems that are 20 pages long, but you have to read it
This book si good value for that money. Read it for almost 3 months, (not) every night before sleep and the rhytm was sooo calming. Read more
Published 21 months ago by MarketaK
5.0 out of 5 stars The sensuality of Tennyson
I studied Tennyson recently as part of my Alevel for English Literature; now already a fan of Tennyson, my admiration for such an outstanding poet reached an extremist level. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2009 by Katie
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