A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for selected works by Alfred Tennyson, appointed Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during Queen Victoria’s reign. Titles in this study guide include The Idylls Of The King, Ulysses and Tithonus, The Palace of Art, Lucretius, In Memoriam, and Demeter and Persephone.
As a celebrated British poet of the nineteenth-century, he was one of the most renowned poets of the Victorian era. Moreover, Tennyson’s early works are responsible for shaping the revival of the medieval period.
thumb|upright=.9|Arms of Tennyson: Gules, a bend nebuly or thereon a chaplet vert between three leopards' faces jessant-de-lys of the second Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) was a British poet. He was the Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets. In 1829, Tennyson was awarded the Chancellor's Gold Medal at Cambridge for one of his first pieces, "Timbuktu." He published his first solo collection of poems, Poems Chiefly Lyrical in 1830. "Claribel" and "Mariana", which remain some of Tennyson's most celebrated poems, were included in this volume. Although decried by some critics as overly sentimental, his verse soon proved popular and brought Tennyson to the attention of well-known writers of the day, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Tennyson's early poetry, with its medievalism and powerful visual imagery, was a major influence on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.