by Lord Alfred Tennyson
English poet and dramatist, generally considered to be the chief representative of the Victorian age in poetry. Tennyson's major works include his Poems. Chiefly Lyrical (1830); his two volume work, again entitled Poems, of 1842 which includes, alongside rewritten earlier works, the dramatic monologue 'Ulysses', 'Morte d'Arthur' and 'Sir Galahad' - his first pieces dealing with Arthurian legend, 'Locksley Hall' and 'Break, Break, Break'; the novella Princess: a Medly (1847) and his In Memorium A.H.H. (1850), a tribute to his deceased friend Arthur Hallam.
Other major works, this time from Tennyson's second period of creative out put after being made poet laureate, include Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington (1852), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854) and Maud (1855), what Tennyson referred to as his "monodrama".
He also wrote, in later years, a number of works centred on Arthurian legends, including The Idylls of the King (1859), The Holy Grail and Other Poems (1870) and Gareth and Lynette (1872), as well as some poetic dramas: Queen Mary (1875), Harold (1877), Becket (1884) and, his only prose work, The Promise of May (produced at the Globe Theatre in November 1882). Other important works are Despair (1881), Locksley Hall Sixty Years After (1886), Demeter and Other Poems (1889) and his famous Crossing the Bar (1889). At Alfred's request, his poem "Crossing the Bar," an epitaph of sorts, is always printed last in any collection of his works (our thanks to visitor Cynthia R. for reminding Passions of this oversight).
Enoch Arden &c.
Wheer 'asta bean saw long and mea liggin' 'ere
Doctors, they knaws nowt, for a says what's nawways
Parson's a bean loikewoise, an' a sittin' ere o' my
Larn'd a ma' bea. I reckons I 'annot sa mooch to
An' I hallus comed to 's choorch afoor moy Sally wur
Bessy Marris's barn! tha knaws she laaid it to
But Parson a comes an' a goos, an' a says it easy an'
D'ya moind the waaste, my lass? naw, naw, tha was
Keaper's it wur; fo' they fun un theer a laaid on 'is
Dubbut looak at the waaste: theer warn't not fead
Nobbut a bit on it's left, an' I mean'd to 'a stubb'd
Do godamoighty knaw what a's doing a-taakin' o'
A mowt 'a taaken Joanes, as 'ant a 'aapoth o'
Looak 'ow quoloty smoiles when they sees ma a
Squoire's in Lunnon, an' summun I reckons 'ull 'a to
But summun 'ull come ater mea mayhap wi' 'is kittle
What atta stannin' theer for, an' doesn bring ma the