Quickly Quotable #22 – Alfred Lord Tennyson

“All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move.”

“Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care, for speech is but the dialer of thoughts, and every fool can plainly read in your words what is the hour of your thoughts.”

“Theirs is not to make reply: Theirs is not to reason why: Theirs is but to do and die.”

And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro’ nature, moulding men.

Tennyson, Alfred Lord (born Aug. 6, 1809, Somersby, Lincolnshire, Eng. ā€” died Oct. 6, 1892, Aldworth, Surrey) English poet, the leading poet of the Victorian age. While attending Cambridge University, Tennyson developed a deep friendship with Arthur Hallam. His reputation as a poet increased at Cambridge, and he published Poems, Chiefly Lyrical (1830). Another volume, including “The Lotos-Eaters” and “The Lady of Shalott,” was published in 1832 (dated 1833). Hallam’s sudden death in 1833 prompted Tennyson to write poems that eventually became part of the vast In Memoriam (1850) and lyrics that later appeared in the brooding Maud (1855), his favourite poem. Poems (1842), including “Ulysses,” “Morte d’Arthur,” and “Locksley Hall,” followed, then The Princess (1847), a long antifeminist fantasia that includes such lyrics as “Sweet and Low” and “Tears, Idle Tears.” In 1850 he married; that year he was also named poet laureate of England. Among his subsequent works are “The Charge of the Light Brigade” (1855); Idylls of the King (1859), treating the Arthurian legend; and Enoch Arden (1864). A consummate poet who was inclined to melancholy, Tennyson was also regarded as a spokesman for the educated English middle class. His works often dealt with the difficulties of an age when traditional assumptions were increasingly called into question by science and modern progress.

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August 6, 1809
Date of Death:
October 6, 1892
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A day may sink or save a realm.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

A smile abroad is often a scowl at home.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

A sorrow’s crown of sorrow is remembering happier times.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro’ nature, moulding men.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

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10 Responses to Quickly Quotable #22 – Alfred Lord Tennyson

  1. Paula says:

    I love these! One question: I was not aware of the second quote, but I wonder if it should be “dial” (as in sundial) instead of “dialer.” Seems to me that would make more sense, as time is part of the metaphor/allusion. My apologies, however, to Lord Tennyson – he certainly understands his allusions better than I!

  2. Agatha82 says:

    JW Waterhouse painted a beautiful painting called The Lady of Shallot based of Tennyson’s poem. Thank you for this, I never knew much about him.

  3. My dad used to say to my brother and me: Yours is not to reason why: Yours is but to do and die. Now I know he didn’t make it up.

    • tsuchigari says:

      Mine did too, and often! In fact if you ever see Cassim commenting – that’s him. And to think all these years he had been quoting Tennyson.

  4. Lua says:

    I never knew much about him but I loved this quote: “Theirs is not to make reply: Theirs is not to reason why: Theirs is but to do and die.ā€
    Thank you Jodi šŸ™‚

  5. cassim says:

    i’m sure that you will quote tennyson to your children. i love lua’s addition: theirs is not to make reply. will include that in my future quotes.

    • tsuchigari says:

      I used to always think that the second quote ended, “Theirs is but to do or die” instead of “do and die.” Changes the meaning quite a bit.

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