An interesting extract to blow the cobwebs off this Monday morning, The Dragonfly by Alfred Lord Tennyson stands as a ray of light breaking through from a darker, more desolate source.
Here’s a virtual movie of the great Alfred Lord Tennyson reading his poem ‘Blow Bugle Blow’. The sound recording was made by a recording agent employed by Thomas Edison On May 15, 1890. All rights are reserved on this video recording, copyright Jim Clark 2008.
Last week, we celebrated the birthday of Emily Bronte, and it’s the turn of another literary great this week as we commemorate Alfred, Lord Tennyson – born this week in 1809. Remaining one of the most popular and memorable of British poets to this day, it’s perhaps no surprise that Tennyson is thought of in … Continue reading “Featured Poem: Lines [‘Here often, when a child, I lay reclined’] by Alfred, Lord Tennyson”
One of the most noticeable and lively signs of Spring has to be that symbolic flower, the Daffodil (immortalised as it was in one of English literature’s classic poems that we revisited not long ago) – those cheery yellow bursts of sunshine can brighten up an unseasonably grey day and fill you with positivity as … Continue reading “Featured Poem: Nothing Will Die by Alfred, Lord Tennyson”
This week’s Featured Poem is a selection from Kim Haygarth, who runs a shared reading group in Manchester. She has been sharing an long-remembered favourite by Alfred, Lord Tennyson: “When I was at primary school everyone used to learn Tennyson’s poem The Brook. The first line is ‘I come from haunts of coot and hern’. … Continue reading “Featured Poem: The Brook by Alfred, Lord Tennyson”
Remaining in the water just a little while longer – this shall be our last aquatic adventure, for a little while at least, before we start to resemble wrinkled prunes or find that our water-wings are rapidly deflating – to discover what other delights, or dangers, are lurking in the deep…and to come across this … Continue reading “Featured Poem: The Kraken by Alfred, Lord Tennyson”
Something odd has been happening to the blog – I don’t know if it just doesn’t like the snow – but this poem, which was due to be with you on New Year’s Eve, is only getting to you today (technical problems, don’t ask). Although it’s a little late, I hope you enjoy it all … Continue reading “Featured New Year Poem: Ring Out, Wild Bells by Alfred, Lord Tennyson”
Due to a slight technical hitch on our blog, this Featured Poem, which was due to be published on New Year’s Eve, never quite made it. So, a few days late, here it is for you to enjoy… — — — We’re nearing the end of a cycle of another twelve months; as John Lennon … Continue reading “Featured New Year’s Poem: Ring Out, Wild Bells by Alfred, Lord Tennyson”
Although a few days early, here’s something to read as the New Year comes round. It was written on New Year’s Eve 1865 and encapsulates that tumultuous sense of ‘change’ – be it perceived good or bad – that often pervades this period. Standing on a tower, the poet speaker is given a vantage point that allows him … Continue reading “Featured Poem: I Stood on a Tower by Alfred, Lord Tennyson”
To celebrate our new partnership with Oxford University Press we have a Reader Story from a group enjoying one of our new Oxford World’s Classics.