Alfred Tennyson, The Princess

Marion Shaw (University of Loughborough)
Download PDF Add to Bookshelf Report an Error

Tennyson published this long poem in 1847, the first major publication since his successful two-volume


of 1842. Although not happy in his personal life during the 1840s, his reputation was becoming established as a poet of both lyric intensity and narrative skill. But

The Princess

was coolly received, and this seems to have led Tennyson to revise the poem after publication more extensively than any of his others. His own dissatisfaction with it was recorded by a friend: “He talked of

The Princess

with something of regret, of its fine blank verse, and the many good things in it: 'but,' said he, 'though truly original, it is, after all, only a medley'.”

Tennyson seems to have planned the poem in the late 1830s in conversation with Emily Sellwood, whom he would eventually marry in

2474 words

Citation: Shaw, Marion. "The Princess". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 June 2003 [, accessed 05 March 2024.]

7455 The Princess 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.