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Idylls of the King Hardcover – Aug 1995

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Amereon Ltd (August 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848806417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848806415
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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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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For Tennyson, the Arthurian legend was an evolving love affair that lasted throughout the poet's life, and the "Idylls of the King" is the ultimate offspring of that enchanted love. Composed of a dozen individual yet interlinked story-poems, the Idylls span the whole of Malory's opus from Arthur's glorious rise to power to his fog-shrouded and mysterious death, "lest one good custom should corrupt the world." But Tennyson humanizes Malory's stories and infuses the whole with an almost Shakespearean aura of tragedy, redefining many of the legendary tales with a new level of gravitas unmatched before or since.Read more ›
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Alfred Lord Tennyson impresses the reader with his unique talent of writing poetry. He writes a series of poems based on myths, legends, epics and so on to produce a work so skillfully written, one's eyes could be glued to the book in marvel at the fine imagery he creates to tell his story. Much of his poems are based upon King Arthur's period of time. His representaion of the era accentuates a period in time when he was named Poet Laruette. His skill and passion for writing captures the minds of those who seek love as well for those who strive for adventure. As this book has a wide selction of tales to tell, one of my all-time favorite poems for some reason is, Lady of Shallott. Tennyson's sharp use of words inspired many artists that turned is words of imagery into a painting. After reading this book, try browsing the web or search through art books to find what faomous paintings there are that were influenced by Tennyson. This book I would highly recommend to those who especially enjoy reading poetry, for Tennyson is one of the most well-known and most talented poets the world has yet to know.
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This lengthy poem about King Arthur's court is written in grand epic style, in the spirit of the Iliad, the Odyssey, and Paradise Lost, and drawing on these and other great epics. Tennyson follows many of the traditional epic conventions here--the epic similes, the epic quests, etc. But this work is not wholly an epic, it is rather more of a Romance. The book is divided into various sections, each dealing with a knight (or knights) of King Arthur's court. The adventures they encounter are various and only remotely connected, but there is a back story to each. Something is going on behind the scenes. The first part of the book deals with the rise of Arthur, and of the glory of his kingdom. The second part focuses on the gradual decline of his influence, and culminates with the King's discovery of Lancelot and Guinevere's affair.

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.
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Beset by misogyny and Tennyson's unavoidable issues with the way he felt his society was headed for hell in a hand basket, IDYLLS OF THE KING still remains his most gorgeously affective work. Breathing life and passion into every stanza, Tennyson brought true emotionalism to this work of genius, and it is impossible to read it without being affected in some way, and coming away from it a changed person. It is perhaps helpful to be aware of the greater works in the Arthurian oeuvre (TRISTAN AND ISOLDE, MORTE D'ARTHUR, the works of Chretien de Troyes etc.) but such is certainly not imperative to a fulfilling Tennyson experience - his ideas and imagery ring loud and true in the beguiling landscape of his poetry.
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.
Absolutely gorgeous.
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