Alfred Tennyson: Maud, and other Poems

(2190 words)
  • Marion Shaw (University of Loughborough)

This was the first volume of poems Tennyson published after In Memoriam in 1850 and after becoming Poet Laureate, also in 1850. The volume was dominated by the long monodrama, Maud, though its considerable popularity as a volume probably owed more to one of the other poems, “The Brook”, which became a Victorian favourite. This tells the tale of Katie Willows, whose father's farm stands where the brook of the title meets its parent river. Katie is wooed by her cousin but his courtship is impeded by the incessant chatter of her father, whose “daylong chirping” gets in the way of a lovers' reconciliation. All ends well in this lyrical and humorous idyl (as Tennyson called his poems of English rural scenes), and the …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Shaw, Marion. "Maud, and other Poems". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 December 2002
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]