Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
– Alfred Lord Tennyson
Alfred Tennyson was the most popular British Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during Queen Victoria’s reign. Much of his verse was constructed on classical mythological themes though he also wrote some noteworthy blank verse. Tennyson used a wide range of themes as source material for his poetry, ranging from medieval legends to classical myths and from domestic situations to observations of nature. Tennyson’s use of the musical qualities of words to emphasise his rhythms and meanings is sensitive. Tennyson’s poetry followed a narrative rather than lyrical style which made him popular for his new ways of telling stories in verse. Being regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian era of poetry, Tennyson succeeded Wordsworth as Poet Laureate in 1850.
Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumbered and …Read more »
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I …Read more »