Idylls of the King Hardcover – Aug 1995
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About the Author
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809a1892) published his first two volumes of poems in 1842, establishing him as the leading poet of his generation. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.
Christopher Ricks is Warren Professor of Humanities and codirector of the Editorial Institute at Boston University. He is the editor of six poetry collections, including "The Oxford Book of English Verse," --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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This is one of my favorite Arthurian romances. Tennyson's verse is beautiful and vivid, and his story is both compelling and easy to follow. No study of English Romanticism would be complete without Tennyson, and this is one of his finest works.
There are problems: Tennyson was staunchly misogynistic and apparently can't help but infuse his work with these ideals, and his fervent belief that a country without a strong moral center cannot stand is so strong expressed that almost every stanza seems to revolve around this point. Yet, whether one agrees with Tennyson or not, one cannot deny the great artistry and power of the poetry, and the way such ideas are expressed. The keening tone and wistfulness of expression is unavoidable in any reading, lending the work a sharp frisson of bittersweet beauty that is unmatched by anything else Tennyson ever wrote, or anything else in the canon of English literature.
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Tennyson was such a master of words and it is on full display here. A must read for anyone who enjoys English literature.Published 5 months ago by Nicholas Richard
"Idylls of the King" provides an outline of the story of Malory's "La Morte Darthur" in a brief, verse style that may actually make the book a good primer on... Read morePublished on April 16 2003 by SJM
How do I express just how beautiful Tennyson's poetry is in this epic classic, and yet criticize it for its misogyny?
The poetry speaks for itself. Read more
Tennyson's poetic version of Arthurian legend is inspiring and beautifully cadenced. If you are unfamiliar with the foundational tales of the Round Table this may not be the... Read morePublished on May 22 2001 by J. Leitch
Idylls of the king is a harder read but the expirience is well worth it. Tennyson's language creates a vivid image in the mind of the reader. Read morePublished on April 30 2001 by Ryan Naieeslair
If Malory's "Le Morte D'Arthur" is the backbone of Arthurian literature, Tennyson's "Idylls" are its flesh and blood. Read morePublished on April 20 2001 by Ilana Teitelbaum
Tennyson had a life-long interest in the Arthurian legend, and based many of his works on it. Idylls of the King is his longest and most ambitious work, and it is truly brilliant. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2001