Alfred Tennyson: Locksley Hall

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“Locksley Hall” is a poem in trochaics published in 1842. It takes the form of a monologue in which the speaker returns to the childhood home where he had been raised by an unsympathetic uncle. While the ostensible subject of the poem is the speaker's disappointment concerning a frustrated love affair, the work fuses this personal concern with wider social preoccupations.

The poem opens with the speaker returning to his childhood home, Locksley Hall. He remembers the time he spent stargazing as a child and his youthful dreams, but his thoughts soon turn to his love for his cousin Amy. He recalls his happiness after discovering that she reciprocated his feelings:

Many a morning on the moorland did we hear …
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McLean, Steven. "Locksley Hall". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 July 2009
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