Idylls of the King by Tennyson
Idylls of the King Index
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Flos Regum Arthurus (Joseph of Exeter)
EIL Editor’s Note: Idylls of the King is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892). It retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, his love for Guinevere, and the rise and fall of his kingdom. The legend of Arthur had been told many times before since the 5th century king was first mentioned in 850 AD, most definitively in Sir Thomas Mallory’s Le Morte D’Arthur in 1469. Tennyson’s version of the legend began publication at approximately the same time as Bulfinch’s prose work The Age of Chivalry, from which it was differentiated not only by the beauty of its poetry but also by Tennyson’s many expansions of the legend.
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When will you read Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s writing in Excellence in Literature?
You’ll study Tennyson as part of EIL Unit 1 (Introduction to Literature) as well as EIL Unit 4 (British Literature)