Thursday, August 26, 2004

Alfred, Lord Tennyson


I chose Alfred, Lord Tennyson ("Ulysses," p. 57) because I am somewhat familiar with his poetry, and he is one of my favorite poets. Everyone has read "The Lady of Shalott." One of Tennyson's favorite subjects (it would seem) was Camelot, and the legend of Arthur ("Sir Galahad," "Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere," "Morte d'Arthur," etc.)--one of my favorite subjects is Arthur, too. Tennyson wrote a poem titled "Lilian" (my aunt) and "Kate" (me), which I think is pretty interesting. Finally, I had memorized, at one point (for an English class), "Crossing the Bar," and I've always loved the final stanza of that: "For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place/The flood may bear me far,/I hope to see my Pilot face to face/When I have crost the bar."

I chose this particular website because it has links to all of these poems, as well as useful biographical information and links to other Tennyson sites (and a sources page that tells where everything was taken from). Plus, I learned that--apparently--"Ulysses" was used in the final episode of Frasier (I wouldn't know, as I don't watch. Friends, on the other hand...).



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