Response Essay: ? Era
...Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Boundless Beauty. I must confess that, for many years, the very word ‘Poetry’ has held intellectual, high-brow connotations for me. My attitude towards verse has been one of anticipated difficulty, and the determination to ‘get through it as quickly and painlessly as possible!’ It remained merely an unavoidable part of the academic syllabus. I approached the poetry in The Norton Anthology of English Literature with this attitude, little prepared for my encounter with Alfred, Lord Tennyson. One fortuitous evening, I happened to read aloud Tennyson’s poem, “Break, Break, Break.” The sound of the poem was an absolute revelation to me! For the first time in my life, a poem...