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Indolent Reviewers

As a poet, Tennyson was a man very much led by his reviewers, forever commenting upon them and worrying about them.…

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Indolent Reviewers Posted: 08 Dec 2023

Parodying Tennyson

It isn’t just modern-day readers who have found Tennyson inescapably funny, he was also parodied by his contemporaries and even his friends...…

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Parodying Tennyson Posted: 07 Sep 2023

I, Tiresias

Tiresias is a prophet whose prophecies no one wants to hear, and as such has become a character that is used by many poets…

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I, Tiresias Posted: 23 Mar 2023

Ringing Grooves of Change

In the first lines of Tennyson’s ‘Godiva’, it is made clear just how inspiring Tennyson found the railways of his time.…

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Ringing Grooves of Change Posted: 21 Dec 2022

Aubades - the Poetic Term for a Dawn Song

On the way to Freshwater from Newport I pass a house called ‘Aubade’, it has always struck me as quite an odd name for a house…

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Aubades - the Poetic Term for a Dawn Song Posted: 28 Oct 2022

Translating the Iliad

Tennyson never completely translated the Iliad; however, he did try his hand at a couple of passages...…

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Translating the Iliad Posted: 27 Jun 2022

Short Talks

We are most likely to associate Tennyson with long poems, like ‘In Memoriam’ and his short poems are all too often squeezed out by these longer works…

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Short Talks Posted: 16 Mar 2022

War Poetry

When the First World War began, it was Tennyson’s register of language that people, soldiers and the government turned to.…

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War Poetry Posted: 20 Oct 2021

Cricket

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

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Cricket Posted: 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 Realism Posted: 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 Dream Posted: 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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Utopia Posted: 09 Feb 2021
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