Excerpt from Tennyson's Geraint and Enid and Other Poems
The present volume contains those poems of Tennyson that have been prescribed by the University of Toronto for the pass Matriculation Examination, and adopted by the Education Department of the Province for the Junior Leaving Examination.
The text of the poems is that of the last English edition, many earlier readings being given in the notes whenever a comparison with the altered text would serve to test or to improve the student's literary judgment and taste
The introduction is three-fold: (1) a chronology of the poet's career; (2) a short series of biographical articles; (3) a description of Tennyson's homes and haunts, based on observations made by the present editor during a recent tour in Lincolnshire, Tennyson's native county.
In the preparation of the notes and in making extracts from the comments and criticisms of others, the editor has kept constantly in view two thing': (1) the limitations of ordinary High School pupils as to the time at their disposal for original literary research; (2) the necessity of supplying the student with those historical and biographical facts that serve to elucidate the text. Critical comments and notes of interpretation have been given only on passages where it was felt that, the young student might need such aid
For obvious reasons specal attention has been given in this edition to the "Locksley Hall" poems. The excellent article in the Appendix on "The Two Locksley Halls" will be found of much value.
It is scarcely necessary to mention the various works on Tennyson that have been consulted in the preparation of this little volume. Acknowledgements, however, are due to Miss E. M. Baliner, B.A., for very valuable aid in annotation.
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