Idylls of the King

Idylls of the King

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Idylls of the King

Idylls of the King

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It is often the case that the life of a poet is best read in his works; for a true poet is not often a man of action, or one who throws himself, to any large extent, into the great movements of the day; consequently the facts of importance in his biography may be told in few words. The Tennyson whom the world knows and loves to-day is not the man who lived in Somersby or Farringford, but the pure sweet spirit who comes to us in the mystic beauty of The Lady of Shalott and Sir Galahad, the calm faith and high philosophy of In Memoriam, the musical harmony of many a perfect lyric, the romantic tales of the Idylls, or the tranquil trust of the Crossing the Bar. His life had little of incident, yet in his great utterances he lived more truly and exerted more potent and lasting influences than many a hero whose life has filled chapters of the world's history.

Afred Tennyson was born in 1809 in Somersby, in Lincolnshire, where his father was rector. In the healthful life of this beautiful country district he . . .

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