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A poem by Tennyson, published 1855.

The poem is a monodrama in sections of different metres, in which the narrator, a man of morbid temperament, describes the progress of his emotions: first describing his father's death and his family's ruin, both contrived by the old lord of the Hall; then expressing his growing love for Maud, the old lord's daughter, and the scorn of her brother, who wishes her to marry a vapid ‘new‐made’ lord; his triumph at winning Maud; their surprisal and her brother's death in a duel; his own flight abroad and ensuing madness; and his final re‐awakening to hope in the service of his country. The poem contains several of Tennyson's best lyrics (‘I have led her home’, ‘Come into the garden, Maud’), but some contemporary critics found it obscure or morbid.

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Lord Tennyson Alfred (1809—1892) poet

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