Alfred Lord Tennyson was a 19th century Poet Laureate in the United Kingdom who is recognized as one of the greatest poets of modern times. A few of his more famous poems are "The Charge of the Light Brigade", "Tears, idle tears" and "Crossing the Bar". Much of his work is based on mythology. "With regal melancholy and superb craftsmanship, Tennyson's poems evoke Past and Present-the Isle of the Lotos-eaters, Camelot, and his own twilit English gardens. seeking to reconcile the Victorian zeal for public progress with private despair. He juxtaposes opposites - not only Past and Present, but also Beauty and Squalor, High Class and Low - and then entwines them, allowing his work to transcend its own achievements and intentions. Using eloquence, epic grandeur, and myth, [he] created the masterful style most imitated by poets of his era. And his haunting, rhapsodic poems, detailing the struggles of kings and commoners, still cast their lyrical spell today." From the back cover. The Table of Contents includes Idylls of the king: Dedication; Coming of Arthur; Round table, Passing of Arthur; To the queen -- Selection of poems: Kraken; Mariana; Song; Poet; Lady of Shalott; Lotos-eaters; Choric song; Break, break, break; Two voices; Ulysses; Tithonus; Of old sat freedom on the heights; St. Agnes' eve; Locksley Hall; Four songs from the Princess, a medley, Splendor falls, Tears, idle tears, Ask me no more, Now sleeps the crimson petal; Eagle (Fragment); From In Memoriam A.H.H., Strong son of God; Again the feast; Daisy; From Maud, a monodrama; Flower in the crannied wall; To Virgil; Crossing the bar.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.