Idylls of the King

Idylls of the King Alternate Cover Edition Of ISBNISBN Written In The Middle Of His Career, Idylls Of The King Is Tennyson S Longest And Most Ambitious Work Reflecting His Lifelong Interest In Arthurian Themes, His Primary Sources Were Malory S Morte D Arthur And The Welsh Mabinogion For Him, The Idylls Embodied The Universal And Unending War Between Sense And Soul, And Arthur The Highest Ideals Of Manhood And Kingship An Attitude Totally Compatible With The Moral Outlook Of His Age Poetically, Tennyson Was Heir To The Romantics, And Keats S Influence In Particular Can Be Seen Clearly In Much Of His Work Yet Tennyson S Style Is Undoubtedly His Own And He Achieved A Delicacy Of Phrase And Subtlety Of Metrical Effect That Are Unmatched This Edition, Based On The Text Authorized By Tennyson Himself, Contains Full Critical Apparatus

Alfred Tennyson, invariably known as Alfred Lord Tennyson on all his books, was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire, the fourth of the twelve children of George Tennyson, clergyman, and his wife, Elizabeth In 1816 Tennyson was sent to Louth Grammar School, which he disliked so intensely that from 1820 he was educated at home until at the age of 18 he joined his two brothers at Trinity College, Cambrid

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Idylls of the King
  • Alfred Tennyson
  • English
  • 03 February 2019

10 thoughts on “Idylls of the King

  1. says:

    I have a beautiful, old edition of this book I wish I could show you.On the book marker, in old fashioned cursive, it says, Merry ChristmasTo LottiefromDoraUpdate This is a truly beautiful work Enchanting Mesmerizing, really.There is just one little thing thoughI d heard rumblings of this book being misogynistic Loving Tennyson as I do, I refused to believe it Basically, I read the book like this Well, that s not necessarily sexistOkay, it is But, surely he didn t intendOkay, he did But, that doesn t make it some kind of misogynist manifesto Bloody Hell He s not just saying that women had a certain role or that certain women had a negative influence He s clearly saying that women only hinder a man s noble pursuits Though there are good women in the book, they have little influence over events Though there are bad men, they are likewise secondary or portrayed as deeply conflicted Seems to me, when your only choices are, naive virgin, adulterous bitch, frigid bitch, and bitch, you re conflicted But Tennyson s women, excepting Elaine and Guinevere, are one dimensional It would seem Dora s message from the great beyond is, Merry Christmas Shut your whore face At this point, you re probably wondering why I gave this book five stars if I hated itI loved it.You see, there s just something about it, an otherworldly beauty Not just beauty but undeniable truth I love the tragic Elaine and the wantonly destructive Lancelot I love Guinevere s incapacity for quiet contentment I love how the holy quest for the grail was soured by by pride and greed I love Enid s sweetness and Lynette s hilarious bitchiness I love Arthur s high ideals and his bitter disillusionment Most of all, I love the glimpse into Tennyson s own tortured psyche Because, when you really look at it, this isn t a morality tale at all It s loss of innocence It s human nature It s, by God, we really tried Then Arthur rose and Lancelot followed him,And while they stood without the doors, the KingTurned to him saying, Is it then so well Or mine the blame that oft I seem as heOf whom was written, A sound is in his ears The foot that loiters, bidden go, the glanceThat only seems half loyal to command, A manner somewhat fallen from reverence Or have I dreamed the bearing of our knightsTells of a manhood ever less and lower Or whence the fear lest this my realm, upreared,By noble deeds at one with noble vows,From flat confusion and brute violences,Reel back into the beast, and be no He spoke, and taking all his younger knights,Down the slope city rode, and sharply turnedNorth by the gate In her high bower the Queen,Working a tapestry, lifted up her head,Watched her lord pass, and knew not that she sighed.I am a whore, dammit A whore for Tennyson You don t have to shout Sorry.

  2. says:

    I have read my softcover copy so many times it is falling apart I really need to get a nice, illustrated, hard cover I read this book several times a year And sob hysterically at the end so that I can hardly finish The saddest lines for me are spoken by Arthur to Guinevere visiting her in the nunnery before the final battle with Modred Thou hast not made my life so sweet to me,That I the King should greatly care to live For thou hast spoilt the purpose of my life The agony in those lines And her lying there, with her head in the sand at his feet, too ashamaed to even look at him, and him heartbroken, and yet, still he must be king Having just come from battling his best friend and best knight and knowing he rides off to his death It s awful The poetry is not only beautiful, but in such short bursts, Tennyson is able to capture such powerful emotions.

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    The city is builtTo music, therefore never built at all,And therefore built forever Ah, Tennyson It feels like coming home This book is music to me.

  4. says:

    Idylls of the King is something I ve wanted to read since I was a teenager the title, the subject matter, the format all mixed together in my mind to suggest a work of astonishing grace and beauty I might also add that I had a very na ve idea of what literature was capable of at that time whatever the actual effect that literature might have on the reader, I was under the confused impression that reading classics like this would somehow augment me as a person, in the same way as someone who happens to have a lot of money might think their personal value was increased as well.Suffice it to say that I realize now the only thing that makes someone a better person is what they do rather than what they know great literature might assist in the decision making process by enlarging one s capacity for empathy, but as trophies on a shelf they don t mean much Taking that into consideration, reading Idylls of the King back when I was a teenager even assuming I would have finished it would have been mostly useless, I think It is a work of grace and beauty, but I would never have been able to see that Probably all I would have been able to absorb was the fact that there was a lot less derring do than I would have expected, and as a result, let the words pass in front of my eyes till I was done.Without some help, that might also have been my experience all these decades later Thankfully, I had Harold Littledale s Essays on Lord Tennyson s Idylls of the King, a fre e book I found on Google Books I doubt that was the best resource, but it was enough, and the price was right Reading one of Littledale s essays just prior to reading one of the idylls made a tremendous difference since I was familiar with the story, spoilers weren t an issue, and with Littledale s short summary and some explanatory notes in hand, I was able to concentrate on the poetry rather than have to split my attention and try to divine the action at the same time Another GR poster summed up very succinctly my ideas about the Idylls before I d started reading The title of this workled me to believe that is would be a fairly cheerful work, but boy was I wrong I took Idyll to mean idyllic, which made me think of innocence and pleasant summer days and happily ever afters Instead, it struck me as a deeply melancholy book, with a spiritual subtext that added to the pervading sense of impending doom This wasn t apparent in the beginning the first five books held to what I initially expected, but with Balin and Balan, I thought there was a sharp turn in direction Or, at least, a sharp turn if you aren t expecting it But in looking back, it s part of a unified whole Arthur comes to power with the goal of creating a new, chivalrous existence for his kingdom and his people, a return to a kind of golden age where both the clash of arms and spiritual reverence coexist But, although Arthur himself may be capable of such purity, almost everyone he gathers around him is not, and from the very beginning, the illicit love of Lancelot and Guinevere causes a cancer that rots his kingdom away from the inside out Those who are familiar with the story surrounding King Arthur will notice some changes that Tennyson adopted probably the most obvious is the absence of Morgan La Fay, and that Mordred is only Arthur s nephew here, rather than the child of an incestuous union At first, I thought that these changes would neuter the story, but in the end I decided they did not Other characters take on different shades of personality and mostly here I m thinking of Sir Gawain, who, under Tennyson, is opportunistic and shallow And the search for the Holy Grail is less an adventure in itself as it is an indication that Arthur failed to bring about the spiritual rebirth that he wanted But I think these changes work well, considering that Tennyson was telling a different story than Mallory Altogether I found it absorbing and moving Five stars

  5. says:

    Tennyson s poetry is some of the most beautiful I ve encountered admittedly, not saying much, because my acquaintance with poetry is slight his turns of phrase and the pictures he paints are wonderfully evocative, and there s an eerie mysticism in stories like The Holy Grail Even the fatalism as the idylls begin in spring and descend into a thoroughly gloomy autumn draws you in Of course, since the unifying theme is the affair between Lancelot and Guinevere and the chaos it brings, and since except for the first two stories the idylls are dark as all get out, it s also a depressing read Also, as in many iterations of the Arthurian legend, there are the obvious spiritual parallels drawn between Arthur and Christ that always strike me as singularly suspect But the other swiftly strode from ridge to ridge,Clothed with his breath, and looking, as he walk d,Larger than human on the frozen hills The Passing of Arthur, 349 351 Then from dawn it seem d there came, but faintAs from beyond the limit of the world,Like the last echo born of a great cry,Sounds, as if some fair city were one voiceAround a king returning from his wars The Passing of Arthur, 457 461

  6. says:

    This book was every bit as beautiful as I could imagine I had previously loved and read The Lady of Shalott Idylls, however, is a testament to his love and knowledge of Arthurian legend You ll likely walk away from this book with lots of favorite passages And you might fall in love with the characters of this legend all over again.Lancelot a dying fire of madness in his eyes Percivale Had heaven appear d so blue, nor earth so green, For all my blood danced in me, and I knew That I should light up on the Holy Grail Arthur my Lancelot, thou in whom I have most joy and most affiance, for I know What thou hast been in battle by my side I love reading Malory s M d A, but Tennyson s poetry really wraps heartand soul around his interpretation of Malory These poems were also another living dedication to Tennyson s lost friend Arthur Hallam.Fans of the Arthur legend shouldn t put off reading Idylls any longer

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    There are certain books, or authors, that don t hold up to modern political correctness Mark Twain is one of them Huckleberry Finn is constantly under threat to be banned from American schools Robert E Howard s protagonists routinely face villains who embody the worst of early twentieth century stereotypes But Tennyson, in Idylls of the King comes under fire for his female characters in his series of epic poems concerning King Arthur and his valorous knights What is not generally kept in mind, is that his source is a 15th century nobleman who was serving time in prison for many crimes, one of which was rape Tennyson might not have had to rub it in, but that s the time where Arthur comes from, where women had two roles Mary or Eve If a woman wasn t a nun, then she was sinful Another facet of this story that seems to be overlooked is that Arthur is not a likable character When Arthur establishes the court of Camelot, he brings to himself men he believes shares his vision of women adoration, idyllic sporting, and the occasional quest Some knights do hold to this life, but others, like Tristram and Guinevere, are human beings it s unreasonable for a saint to hold all to his own morals Arthur s reproach of Guinevere shows that he married her to win a crown, not to love her like the flesh and blood woman that she was It s only when he s dying does he wonder that it might not be possible for all to live like him.Despite personal views on whether or not Tennyson hated women like no other person, this is an exceptional take on the Arthurian legend, and the Penguin addition contains interesting notes compiled from not just Tennyson, but the author s son as well Highly reccomended

  9. says:

    As usual, I thought right up there the short story of Balin, who is to blame for his own tragedy My violences, my violences Darker than I had expected and gutsier I think I decided to read this at last after I saw a book on Tennyson s battle poetry How he wrote 54 battle poems and had a genuine feel for the heroic ethos of ancient fiction to which he was devoted Fair enough, I thought Tried a couple of short ones his Boadicea is as bloody as she came, and I throbbed to The Revenge a Ballad of the Fleet I even felt the tribute in his Ode on Wellington I think he s a gorgeous poet, on the whole, although I d make cuts The guy can write Arthur is his hero, and not Lancelot This isn t the courtly love version, but the version where a self indulgent love corrupts a heroic kingdom Arthur s certainly a fighting king against pagans Give him a pagan, he can let loose without qualms and soar with the sword The comedy can be faux medieval I mean you think of those silly films in tights, but perhaps comedy wasn t his forte I expect tragedy is, and melancholy.Again, I ll have Balin, ten pages of him, gut wrenchingly tragic and very darkly done But I d say that about Malory s Balin Which proves to me Tennyson was awake to the old authentic stuff, though he s often condemned for Victorian.

  10. says:

    Just finished this one for my Victorian Literature seminar I will admit that the prospect of reading a 300 page long poem was daunting, but well, well worth it I have always admired Tennyson s work This one is a bit different though The language is not as resonant, but the imagery is spectacularly beautiful Also, lots of lovely moments of universal truth within the story They pop out of nowhere sometimes The characters have a liquid, uncertain quality, bringing a whole lot of ambiguity to this story that has been told so many times The reader is asked over and over to suspend disbelief, not in order to understand, but to become immersed in the imaginary and the inevitable loss of boundaries Over and over again we are fooled into believing the quickly dissipating fantasy of Tennyson s imagery Why does Tennyson do this I feel he did this in order to highlight the vain search for the truth of who we are and how others see us We need to allow the mist of our emotions to yield and dissipate a little into order to see the truth of the reality of our lives Beautifully composed, showing King Arthur in an entirely new light 5 stars

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