Poetry for Young People: Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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From the grand and mythic Idylls of King Arthur to the tragic, rousing "Charge of the Light Brigade," Alfred Lord Tennyson's poetry explores a range of magical, dramatic, and thoughtful topics. This outstanding and stunningly-illustrated entry in the much-praised Poetry for Young People series gathers excerpts from 26 of his finest works. The biography and annotations by a distinguished scholar, and extraordinary full-color paintings by a renowned artist on nearly every page, are the hallmarks of this acclaimed ...
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Overview

From the grand and mythic Idylls of King Arthur to the tragic, rousing "Charge of the Light Brigade," Alfred Lord Tennyson's poetry explores a range of magical, dramatic, and thoughtful topics. This outstanding and stunningly-illustrated entry in the much-praised Poetry for Young People series gathers excerpts from 26 of his finest works. The biography and annotations by a distinguished scholar, and extraordinary full-color paintings by a renowned artist on nearly every page, are the hallmarks of this acclaimed series. Youngsters will enjoy encountering Tennyson's "Mermaid"; the "Lotos Eaters"; and "Ulysses." A beautiful picture of "The Lady of Shalott," captures the sad heroine's isolation "in her four gray walls, and four gray towers." Images of a lonely man and a sweeping landscape illustrate Tennyson's masterpiece, In Memoriam. Plus: the haunting "The Owl," the lullaby "Sweet and Low," "The Hesperides," and other immortal verses.

About the Editor:
John Maynard is Professor of English at New York University and the former chair of the department. He has written books on Robert Browning, Charlotte Bronte, and the Victorian view of religion and love. Professor Maynard is also co-editor of the journal Victorian Literature and Culture.

About the Illustrator:
Allen Garns has worked as a freelance illustrator for a number of publishers and magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly. He has received awards from the Society of Illustrators of New York, American Illustration, and Communication Arts and Graphics. His paintings have been exhibited in a number of galleries.

A brief profile of the nineteenth century English poet, Alfred Tennyson, accompanies selections from some of his best known works.

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A spring crop of poetry as well as plays in verse, both classic and contemporary, celebrate life, art and humanity. Featuring a comprehensive biography on the poets and notes on their poems, the Poetry for Young People series adds two entries. William Carlos Williams, ed. by Christopher MacGowan, illus. by Robert Crockett, collects works from across the poet's long and intriguing career. Often making use of original structures and rhythms, his poems contain vivid images of American life, both urban and rural. The volume takes readers from lesser known works such as "Spring Strains" ("In a tissue-thin monotone of blue-grey buds/ crowded erect with desire against/ the sky-") to his popular "The Red Wheelbarrow." The poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, ed. by John Maynard, illus. by Allen Garns, unfolds largely in traditional iambic pentameter and couplets, covering topics from Greek or Arthurian myths to the loss of a close friend. Excerpts from "The Lady of Shalott" and "The Charge of the Light Brigade" sit alongside the full text of "Crossing the Bar." In both volumes, colorful paintings act as concretely visual accompaniments. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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The reader is introduced to some of the most famous poems of Tennyson after reading a short biography of the poet himself. Some poems are excerpts of longer works but they have been selected for the interest of the younger reader. There is a space for definitions of words that modern readers might not understand which I found very helpful. The illustrations are quite lovely and spark the reader's interest in the poems. This is a great introduction to a great, English poet whose works have survived the test of time. Children might be encouraged to know that he started writing at the age of six. 2003, Sterling Publishing, Ages 5 to 12.
—Barbara Youngblood
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806966120
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Poetry for Young People Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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    highly recommended

    love the book love the artwork

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