Excerpt from The Coming of Arthur and the Passing of Arthur
To do much more than note the titles of his principal works since he became poet-laureate, the prescribed limit of this Sketch will not allow. In 1855 appeared Maud, which, though it met with great disapprobation and but stinted praise, is, per haps, one Of his greatest poems. In July, 1859, the first of the Idyls of the King appeared, namely, Enid, Vivien, Elaine, and Guinevere, which were at once great favorites with all readers of the poet; in August, 1864, Enoch Arden, with which were published Aylmer's Field, Sea Dreams, The Grandmother, and The Northern Farmer: in December, 1869, four additional Idyls, under the title, The Holy Grail and Other Poems, namely - The Coming of Arthur, The Holy Grail, Pelleas and Bitare, and The Passing of Arthur, of which forty thousand Copies were ordered in advance; in December, 1871, in The Contemporary Review, The Last Tournament; in 1872, Gareth and Lynette; in 1875, Queen Mary A Drama in 1877, Harold: Drama; in 1880, Ballads and Other Poems.
Tennyson's Muse has been productive Of a body of lyric, idyllic, metaphysical, and narrative or descriptive poetry, the6 biographical and general introduction.
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