Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson Poems

Alfred Lord Tennyson was a British poet who served as Poet Laureate throughout much of Queen Victoria’s reign, specifically between 1850 and 1892. His work was an important influence on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Today, he is one of the best-loved poets of his time. Read more about Alfred Lord Tennyson.

The Eagle

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

‘The Eagle’ is a powerful poem that captures the majesty and strength of the majestic bird, inspiring readers to reach for the heights of their own potential.

Tennyson was one of the most renowned poets of the 19th century, and his work often explores themes of nature, power, and human emotions, as are seen in 'The Eagle.'

He clasps the crag with crooked hands; 

Close to the sun in lonely lands, 

Ring'd with the azure world, he stands.

Crossing the Bar

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

‘Crossing the Bar’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson is about the journey into death from life. This poem sees death as a promising opportunity to move from mortality to something better.

Sunset and evening star,

And one clear call for me!

And may there be no moaning of the bar,

When I put out to sea,

A Farewell

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

‘A Farewell’ challenges the reader to reflect upon the fleeting nature of human life, especially when compared to nature.

The poem showcases Tennyson's typical reflective sensibilities and his keen awareness of his own mortality. Tennyson was no stranger to loss and knew the value of life; this appreciation is apparent throughout the poem.

Flow down, cold rivulet, to the sea,

Thy tribute wave deliver:

No more by thee my steps shall be,

For ever and for ever.

Now fades the last long streak of snow

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

‘Now fades the last long streak of snow’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson is a moving poem that explores spring and rebirth. The poet penned this piece in memory of a friend who died.

Tennyson's work often reflects a deep philosophical engagement with themes of loss, growth, and human emotion. This poem is no exception, with its elegant exploration of grief and recovery. His poetry is characterized by meticulous craftsmanship and lyrical beauty, which enhances the emotional resonance of the themes he explores.

Now fades the last long streak of snow,

Now burgeons every maze of quick

About the flowering squares, and thick

By ashen roots the violets blow.

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by Alfred Lord Tennyson

With blackest moss the flower-plots

Were thickly crusted, one and all:

The rusted nails fell from the knots

That held the pear to the gable-wall.

Ring Out Wild Bells

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,

   The flying cloud, the frosty light:

   The year is dying in the night;

Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Tears, Idle Tears

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,

Tears from the depth of some divine despair

Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,

In looking on the happy autumn-fields,

The Brook

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

I come from haunts of coot and hern,

I make a sudden sally

And sparkle out among the fern,

To bicker down a valley.

The Charge of the Light Brigade

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson is a historically important poem that tells of the incredible bravery of the British cavalry during the Battle of Balaclava.

Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to do and die:

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

The Kraken

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Below the thunders of the upper deep,

Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,

His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep

The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee

The Lady of Shalott

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson is a popular ballad that illustrates the life of a woman isolated in a tower in a tower far from what she wants to live and experience.

On either side the river lie

Long fields of barley and of rye,

That clothe the wold and meet the sky;

And thro' the field the road runs by

The Lotos-eaters

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Courage!" he said, and pointed toward the land,

"This mounting wave will roll us shoreward soon."

In the afternoon they came unto a land

In which it seemed always afternoon.

The Splendour Falls

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

The splendor falls on castle walls

    And snowy summits old in story;

The long light shakes across the lakes,

    And the wild cataract leaps in glory.


by Alfred Lord Tennyson

The woods decay, the woods decay and fall,

The vapours weep their burthen to the ground,

Man comes and tills the field and lies beneath,

And after many a summer dies the swan.


by Alfred Lord Tennyson

The dramatic monologue ‘Ulysses’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson presents the indomitable courage and adventurous zeal of old Ulysses: a man of adventure.

It little profits that an idle king,

By this still hearth, among these barren crags,

Match'd with an aged wife, I mete and dole

Unequal laws unto a savage race,

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