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Selected Poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Behold, we know not anything;
I can but trust that good shall fall
At last--far off--at last, to all,
And every winter change to spring.

So runs my dream: but what am I?
An infant crying in the night:
An infant crying for the light:
And with no language but a cry.
        (In Memoriam A. H. H.: 54, 13-20)

  1. Œnone
  2. Battle of Brunanburh
  3. Break, break, break
  4. The Charge of the Light Brigade
  5. Claribel
  6. Crossing the Bar
  7. The Eagle
  8. The Higher Pantheism
  9. Idylls of the King: Song from The Marriage of Geraint (Turn, Fortune, turn thy wheel)
  10. Idylls of the King: The Last Tournament
  11. Idylls of the King: The Passing of Arthur
  12. In Memoriam A. H. H. OBIIT MDCCCXXXIII [all 133 poems]
  13. In Memoriam A. H. H.: [Prelude] (Strong Son of God)
  14. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 2 (Old Yew, which graspest at the stone)
  15. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 3 (O Sorrow, Cruel Fellowship)
  16. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 5 (I sometimes Hold it half a Sin)
  17. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 6 (One Writes, that "Other Friends Remain")
  18. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 7 (Dark House, by which once more I Stand)
  19. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 11 (Calm is the Morn without a Sound)
  20. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 15 (To-night the Winds Begin to Rise)
  21. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 22 (The Path by which we twain did Go)
  22. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 27 (I Envy not in any Moods)
  23. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 30 (With Trembling Fingers did we Weave)
  24. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 39 (Old Warder of these Buried Bones)
  25. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 44 (How Fares it with the Happy Dead?)
  26. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 45 (The Baby New to Earth and Sky)
  27. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 54 (Oh, yet we Trust that somehow Good)
  28. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 55 (The Wish, that of the Living Whole)
  29. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 56 ("So Careful of the Type?" but no)
  30. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 67 (When on my Bed the Moonlight Falls)
  31. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 72 (Risest thou thus, Dim Dawn, again)
  32. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 78 (Again at Christmas did we Weave)
  33. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 82 (I Wage not any Feud with Death)
  34. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 83 (Dip down upon the Northern Shore)
  35. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 95 (By Night we Linger'd on the Lawn)
  36. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 96 (You Say, but with no Touch of Scorn)
  37. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 99 (Risest thou thus, Dim Dawn, again)
  38. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 105 (To-night ungather'd let us Leave)
  39. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 116 (Is it, then, Regret for Buried Time)
  40. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 118 (Contemplate all this Work of Time)
  41. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 121 (Sad Hesper o'er the Buried Sun)
  42. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 124 (That which we dare Invoke to Bless)
  43. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 126 (Love is and was my Lord and King)
  44. In Memoriam A. H. H.: 131 (O Living Well that shalt Endure)
  45. In the Valley of Cauteretz
  46. The Lady of Shalott (1832)
  47. The Lady of Shalott (1842)
  48. Late, Late, so Late
  49. Locksley Hall
  50. Locksley Hall Sixty Years After
  51. The Lotos-eaters
  52. Mariana
  53. Mariana in the South
  54. Maud; A Monodrama (from Part I) (Come into the garden, Maud) (excerpt)
  55. Maud; A Monodrama (from Part II) (O that 'twere possible) (excerpt)
  56. Milton
  57. Morte d'Arthur
  58. Northern Farmer: New Style
  59. Northern Farmer: Old Style
  60. Of Old Sat Freedom on the Heights
  61. The Palace of Art
  62. The Princess: As thro' the Land
  63. The Princess: Ask me no more
  64. The Princess: Come down, O Maid
  65. The Princess: Home they Brought her Warrior Dead
  66. The Princess: Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
  67. The Princess: O Swallow
  68. The Princess: Our Enemies have Fall'n
  69. The Princess: Sweet and Low
  70. The Princess: Tears, Idle Tears
  71. The Princess: The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls
  72. The Princess: Thy Voice is Heard
  73. Recollections of the Arabian Nights
  74. St. Agnes' Eve
  75. Tithonus
  76. To J. S.
  77. To Virgil
  78. Ulysses
  79. You Ask Me, Why, Tho' Ill at Ease

Biographical information

Given name: Alfred Lord
Family name: Tennyson
Birth date: 6 August 1809
Death date: 6 October 1892
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: George Clayton Tennyson
          mother: Elizabeth Tennyson
          wife: Emily Tennyson (from 13 June 1850)
          brother: Frederick Tennyson
          brother: Charles Tennyson-Turner
          sister: Emily Tennyson
          sister: Mary Tennyson
          son: Hallam Tennyson
          son: Lionel Tennyson
Language: English
          Grammar school at Louth: 1816 to 1820
          Trinity College, Cambridge: February 1828 to February 1831
          Chancellor's medal for English verse: June 1829
          Poet-laureateship: April 1850
          D.C.L., Oxford: June 1855
          Honorary fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge: 1869
Literary period: Romantic
          Chapel House, Montpelier Row, Twickenham
          Somersby, North Lincolnshire: 6 August 1809 to 1816
          Louth: 1816 to 1820
          Somersby: 1820
          High Beech, Epping Forest: 1837 to 1840
          Tunbridge Wells: 1840 to 1841
          Boxley, near Maidstone: 1841
          Aldworth, near Haslemere: 1868
          Rheumatic gout: 1888
          Influenza: 1890 to 1891
Cause of death: Fatal syncope
Buried at: Westminster Abbey
First RPO edition: 1997