Course Details

965: Idylls of the King, by Alfred Lord Tennyson

February 4-8, 2019
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Many of us, when we think of Victorian literature, think of the great big Victorian novel. But poetry did not disappear with the Romantics. Tennyson's poetry, especially Idylls of the King, was highly popular with Victorian readers, and rightly so. This study group is offered to give us a chance to enjoy Tennyson once more. Background, context, and overview will be provided by the study group leader, but members should be willing to choose several passages of roughly 25-100 lines to read aloud in class. We will look at Tennyson's lyricism, word-painting and use of blank verse, of course. But his handling of the Arthurian legends, and the meaning of the legends themselves, will be our main focus.

Class Format: Reading and Discussion

Hours of Reading: 1-2 hours/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Leslie Frantz
Leslie Frantz earned an MA in English literature from Georgetown University, and taught in Georgetown's Continuing Education program for nearly 30 years. She has offered numerous courses in the OLLI program.

Reading List:

Idylls of the King, Alfred Lord Tennyson. Date Unknown, ISBN: Unknown.
Members may use any edition with numbered lines. I am using the Penguin Classics edition myself.