From the Inside Flap
Alfred, Lord Tennyson was a more complex writer than his status as Queen Victoria?s favorite poet might suggest. Though capable of rendering rapture and delight in the most exquisite verse, in another mode Tennyson is brother in spirit to Poe and to Baudelaire, the author of dark, passionate reveries. And though he treasured poetic tradition, his work nevertheless engaged directly with the great issues of his time, from industrialization and the crisis of faith to scientific progress and women?s rights. A master of the short, intense lyric, he can also be sardonic, humorous, voluptuous, earthy, and satirical.
This collection includes, of course, such celebrated poems as ?The Lady of Shalott? and ?The Charge of the Light Brigade.? There are extracts from all the major masterpieces??Idylls of the King,? ?The Princess,? ?In Memoriam??and several complete long poems, such as ?Ulysses? and ?Demeter and Persephone,? that demonstrate his narrative grace. Finally, there are many of the short lyrical poems, such as ?Come into the Garden, Maud? and ?Break, Break, Break,? for which he is justly celebrated.
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About the Author
Emily Bronte was born on 30 July 1818. Her father was curate of Haworth, Yorkshire, and her mother died when she was five years old, leaving five daughters and one son. In 1824 Charlotte, Maria, Elizabeth and Emily were sent to Cowan Bridge, a school for clergymen's daughters, where Maria and Elizabeth both caught tuberculosis and died. The children were taught at home from this point on and together they created vivid fantasy worlds which they explored by writing stories. Emily worked briefly as a teacher in 1938 but soon returned home. In 1846, Emily's poems were published alongside those of her sisters, Charlotte and Anne, in Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. The following year Wuthering Heights was published. Emily Bronte died of consumption on 19 December 1848.
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