Alfred Tennyson

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Tennyson, Alfred


Born Aug. 6, 1809, in Somersby, Lincolnshire; died Oct. 6, 1892, in Aldworth, Surrey. English poet.

Tennyson studied at Cambridge University. His first works were published in the late 1820’s, but not until the publication of his two-volume collection Poems in 1842 did Tennyson achieve popular success. Tennyson’s most significant work is Idylls of the King (1859), a cycle of poems based on medieval legends about King Arthur and the Round Table. In addition to poetry, Tennyson also wrote plays, including Queen Mary (1875) and Harold (1876). Sentimental in nature, Tennyson’s poetry is outstanding for its musicality and picturesqueness. Its conservative tendencies guaranteed Tennyson’s popularity with the bourgeois reader. Tennyson’s poetry has been translated into Russian by A. N. Pleshcheev, M. L. Mikhailov, and S. Ia. Marshak.


Poetical Works, Including the Plays. London-New York-Oxford, [1953],
In Russian translation:
Korolevskie idilii, vols. 1–2. St. Petersburg, 1903–04.


Istoriia angliiskoi literatury, vol. 2, fasc. 2. Moscow, 1955.
Leavis, F. R. New Bearings in English Poetry. Harmondsworth, 1972.
Benson, A. Alfred Tennyson. New York, 1969.
Ricks, C. Tennyson. [New York, 1972.]
Tennyson. Edited by D. J. Palmer. London, 1973.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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