Wed 24 Aug 2005
I view poetry as the ability to take the mundane qualities of life and transform them into something beautiful, and no poet does that better than Lord Alfred Tennyson. His poem “Flower in the crannied wall” is an excellent example of this. It speaks of a simple flower in the wall and yet manages to convey far deeper meanings. The structure and rythme of Tennyson’s works is another reason why he is my favorite poet. I enjoy the simple rhyme schemes which most of his poems have in them. Also all of his poems have a pleasing rhythm. Another amazing ability Tennyson has is story telling which he uses in his more lengthy poems. Many of his poems contain complex and interesting stories, for example his many works about King Arthur and his court. Mostly though I enjoy the way in which Tennyson views the world and the imagery he uses to convey that vision. Tennyson is my favorite poet because he has a beautifully romantic vision of the world and I enjoy looking at things through his eyes.
An so I leave you with piece of my favorite poem by Tennyson
“Tears Idle Tears”
Ah, sad and strange as in dark summer dawns
The earliest pipe of half-awakened birds
To dying ears, when unto dying eyes
The casement slowly grows a glimmering square;
So sad, so strange, the days that are no more.