Poetic Perusals

Poetry, really good poetry, is really just as satisfying to some people as a good novel.  But it is so hard to find decent, beautiful, lyrical, fluid poetry!  So to make it easier to find such poems I now offer these suggestions:

By Alfred, lord Tennyson:

The Ballad of Oriana,  Recollections of The Arabian Nights Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere

According to Tennyson himself Oriana is based on a medieval ballad.  I found it mournful, but lovely in its weeds.  Arabian Nights is really for those who were brought up on fairy tales (as I was), and gives Tennyson’s memories of reading One Thousand and One Nights.  Launcelot and Guinevere is truly beautiful, art in words, and nearly mystical in its descriptive power.

By Sir Walter Scott:

The Lay of the Last Minstrel,  Marmion

These are rather old-fashioned, and somewhat hard to read, but once you get into the flow of the words they are inescapably glamorous (in the magical spells sense).

By Lewis Carroll:

The Hunting of the Snark

The Hunting of the Snark is a hysterically funny poem.  It is rather longer than the poems mentioned heretofore, (some twenty pages) but I consider it superior to Jabberwocky.

To find The Hunting of the Snark, you might try an anthology of nineteenth-century English poetry.  It can also be found for free on the Kindle, being out from under its copyright.
The rest of these poems can easily be found at the library.  (Just utilize the table of contents or index.)  You could also try e-readers, and purchase the individual poems, (check for free editions first) or if you want to, of course, buy a volume of the the complete poetical works by whichever author you like.

I sincerely hope you enjoy these wonderful poems!


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