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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

Tennyson and Opium

If opium-eating be a sensual pleasure, and if I am bound to confess that I have indulged in it to an excess ...…

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Tennyson and OpiumPosted: 17 Sep 2020

Tennyson and Kate Bush

The second part of Kate Bush’s ‘The Hounds of Love’ album takes its title from the first poem of Tennyson’s ‘The Idylls of the King’,…

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Tennyson and Kate BushPosted: 19 Aug 2020

Reading Aloud

Every evening Alfred, Lord Tennyson, read the poetry that he was working on to his wife Emily…

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Reading AloudPosted: 27 Jul 2020

Pre-Raphaelite Women

Tennyson and the Pre-Raphaelites created characters so real that their images are familiar to us over 150 years later.…

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Pre-Raphaelite WomenPosted: 27 Jul 2020
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