Farringford News and Blogs

We will bring you news on the House, Gardens, the Isle of Wight and insights into the poems and works of Tennyson.

Farringford House Restoration and Exhibition

The five years taken to complete the house restoration has in many ways been the most extraordinary nail-biting adventure…

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Farringford House Restoration and ExhibitionPosted: 02 Sep 2021

Cricket

Lionel Tennyson, grandson of Alfred, was a famous cricketer who captained Hampshire and England in the 1920s…

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CricketPosted: 14 Jun 2021

Magical Realism

Magical realism as a genre title emerged in 1955, one hundred years after Tennyson was writing ...…

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Magical RealismPosted: 21 May 2021

Tennyson's American Dream

Tennyson, like many of the Victorians of the time, and indeed, many Americans to come, was preoccupied with looking West ... …

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Tennyson's American DreamPosted: 20 Apr 2021

Utopia

‘Poetry dwells in a perpetual Utopia of its own’ writes Hazlitt in his essay ‘On Poetical Versatility’…

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UtopiaPosted: 09 Feb 2021

Fiddlededeeism and Impossible

Edward Lear met the Tennysons through their mutual friend Franklin Lushington. Tennyson's sister was married to…

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Fiddlededeeism and ImpossiblePosted: 09 Feb 2021

The Carnivalesque in 'The Princess'

T.S. Eliot once described Tennyson as ‘the saddest of poets’, and we tend to think of him as an austere Victorian patriarch ...…

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The Carnivalesque in 'The Princess'Posted: 27 Jan 2021

Tennyson’s Wild: Animals in Tennyson’s Poetry

Writing in the Mid-Nineteenth Century, Tennyson’s poetry is about a countryside on the cusp of going into decline ...…

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Tennyson’s Wild: Animals in Tennyson’s PoetryPosted: 09 Dec 2020

Tennyson's Smoking Habit

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, despite his wife’s delicate constitution and dislike of the habit, was a heavy smoker.…

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Tennyson's Smoking HabitPosted: 23 Nov 2020

Audrey Tennyson

Audrey Tennyson is one of the many women with a fascinating past overshadowed by that of her husband.…

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Audrey TennysonPosted: 30 Oct 2020

Dialect in Poetry

Before the standardisation of English some of the most popular texts such as ‘Sir Gawain and the Greene Knight’ were written in dialect.…

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Dialect in PoetryPosted: 21 Oct 2020

Tennyson and the Romantics

One of the top most Google searched questions about Tennyson is ‘Was Tennyson a Romantic Poet?'…

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Tennyson and the RomanticsPosted: 30 Sep 2020
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