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Three Victorian Poets

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ISBN-10: 0521627109

ISBN-13: 9780521627108

Edition: 1998 (Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.)

Authors: Alfred Lord Tennyson, Jane Ogborn, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Judith Baxter

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning are the three 19th century poets explored in this collection. The mixture of complete poems and extracts introduces readers to a variety of narrative and lyric work.
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Book details

List price: $16.75
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/30/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

If there were a contest for the title "greatest Victorian poet," Tennyson would in death, as in life, obtain the prize. He had the finest ear of any English poet, admitting to know the metrical value of every word in the English language except "scissors." In addition, his ability to evoke a closely rendered scene was unsurpassed. Therefore, although those who sought to attack Tennyson called him "the stupidest of the English poets," he remains the only one ennobled for his poetry. Tennyson was born at Somersby rectory in Lincolnshire, the son of the rector there, and was educated at Louth Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge. His earliest published verse, Poems Chiefly Lyrical…    

Elizabeth Barrett was born in Coxhoe Hall, Durham, England, in 1806. Most of her childhood was spent on her father's estate, reading the classics and writing poetry. An injury to her spine when she was fifteen, the shock of her brother's death by drowning in 1840 and an ogre-like father made her life dark. But she read and wrote, and no little volume of verse ever produced a richer return than her Poems of 1844. Robert Browning read the poems, liked them, and came to her rescue like Prince Charming in the fairy story. Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning were married on September 12, 1846. Barrett Browning's enduring fame has rested on two works-Poems (1850), containing Sonnets from the…    

Robert Browning was the son of a well-to-do clerk in the Bank of England. He was educated by private tutors and from his own reading in his father's library and elsewhere. Browning's first publication was Pauline (1833). The work made no stir at all. The following year Browning went to St. Petersburg and from there to Italy. On his return to England in 1835 he published Paracelsus, a dramatic poem based on the life of the fifteenth-century magician and alchemist. Browning next attempted a play. Strafford was the first of the poet's dramatic failures; it ran only five nights at Covent Garden in 1836. An obscure and difficult poem, Sordello, appeared in 1840. It did a great deal toward giving…