About the BookW.H. Auden said of Tennyson that ‘he had the finest ear, perhaps, of any English poet’. Many readers have relished his opulent word-music, but less simply admiring critics have sometimes regarded that marvellous verbal gift with something like suspicion - as though it were merely a matter of beautifully empty words, or worse, a distracting screen used to pass off disreputable Victorian values. In this close, attentive study, Seamus Perry returns to the extraordinary language of Tennyson’s verse, and finds in the intricacies of his greatest poetry, not an evasion of responsibilities, but rather the memorably intricate expression of hesitancies and honest doubts - including doubts, not least, about the charms and obligations of his own art. Covering the great range of the poet’s long career, Perry describes the rich life of Tennyson’s lyrical imagination, exploring in turn its complex and paradoxical fascinations with recurrence, progress, narrative, and loss.About the Author/sSeamus Perry is a Fellow of Balliol College, where he is Tutor in English, and a lecturer in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. He has written widely on nineteenth and twentieth century poetry and literary thought and is also an editor of the quarterly journal, Essays in Criticism.