This poet of Victorian times was held in awe for his magnificent works, including "In Memoriam", "Morte D'Arthur", and "Charge of the Light Brigade". His language and command of vocabulary seem particularly in keeping with the grand sweep of Victorian ambition. Many selections are asembled here and read with great character by Dame Sybil Thorndike, Sir Edward Casson, and Robert Speaight.
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and tho' / We are not now that strength which in old days / Moved earth and heaven...
Hey, it's THE poet of the Victorian Era from back in the day when poets tried harder for lyric majesty and symbolism and less for irony and free verse. And it incorporates long chunks of Western Classical Education some of our current academics are working hard to forget. But it's well worth it to read and listen. I think sometimes Tennyson and his peers may have over reached themselves in their attempt at grandeur. Like building a big screen TV with a bar of gold, a frisbee, and 1000 tongue depressors. But that makes even their failures more impressive. My only quibbles are that Tennyson's poems can be interpreted differently, and so perhaps deserve to be read emphasizing that interpretation. But to avoid offense or the need to re recite different versions the readers, who are quite an august group, just plow straight ahead. Finally, the gentleman who recites the poem Ulysses does a fine job of it except when he huffs and puffs so much I thought old Ulysses was going uphill to his waiting ship.