Alfred Tennyson

A Companion

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About the Book

Alfred Tennyson was a poet all his life, writing more than a thousand works in virtually every poetic genre. Considered by his Victorian contemporaries the pre-eminent poet of the age, he has become a canonical figure who is widely read and studied today. Consequently, his poems appear on the syllabi of both survey courses in Victorian literature as well as upper-division and graduate-level topics courses that cover Victorian studies or address subjects such as environmental studies, religion, elegiac poetry, and Arthurian literature.

This companion makes Tennyson’s poetry accessible to contemporary readers by identifying some of the formal elements of the poems, highlighting their relevance to Tennyson’s Victorian contemporaries, and explaining their enduring appeal and value. Entries in the companion, organized alphabetically, provide essential details about Tennyson’s most anthologized poems, offer suggestions for reading and interpretation, and elucidate unfamiliar historical and literary allusions. Additional entries, a biography of Tennyson, and a selected bibliography of recent criticism offer information about the people, places, events, and issues that influenced Tennyson or were important to him and his contemporaries.

About the Author(s)

Laurence W. Mazzeno is president emeritus of Alvernia University, Reading, Pennsylvania. He is the author or editor of over 20 books and more than 300 articles and reviews on literature and history. He lives in Arvada, Colorado.

Sue Norton has been a lecturer of English at the Dublin Institute of Technology since 1999. Previously she taught in University College Dublin, University College Cork, New Jersey City University, and worked as a textbook editor for Prentice Hall Publishing.

Bibliographic Details

Laurence W. Mazzeno

Series Editor Laurence W. Mazzeno

Associate Editor Sue Norton

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7321-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4084-6
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Companions to 19th Century Literature

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi

Preface  1

Abbreviations  3

Introduction: Tennyson, ­­Preeminent Victorian Poet and Innovator  4

Alfred Tennyson: A Brief Biography  9

Chronological List of Tennyson’s Major Publications  13

Alfred Tennyson: A Companion  15

Appendix: Selected Bibliography of Criticism  223

Works Cited  227

Index  235