|About the Book|
I had to study Tennysons works in school, or at least a little bit of it. I dont remember much about it other than the fact I did not care for his poetry at that time. When I saw this little book with its stunning illustrations at Project Gutenberg, I thought perhaps the time had come for a re-introduction to his poems.The idea behind this series of books (yes, an entire series, each volume about a different classic poet....Ill get to some of the others Someday)....anyway, the idea behind the series is that each book follows the subject poet around for a day, telling what he might be doing at what point in the day, where he might be doing it, and shares what poems might have been inspired at each moment.In Tennysons case, we learn that every morning he dealt with his correspondence and read his daily newspapers. A paragraph in one paper inspired him to write the famous Charge Of The Light Brigade, which describes in a glorious manner the most incredibly stupid military move of the Crimean War, and is a fitting memorial to the poor soldiers who lost their lives that horrible day.After breakfast he retired to his den to write and no one dared disturb him during this time, or during his second writing period later in the day. In between he would roam the grounds of the estate or work in the garden. At this point we read the lovely Come Into the Garden, Maude.And so on, up until the end of the day. You can see now the way the book works, and it was truly a gentle re-introduction to this poet, just as I had hoped. It also left me wanting to read more, a goal which none of my long-ago school lessons ever managed to achieve.