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Alfred Lord Tennyson


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Alfred Lord Tennyson : Princess, The

'Oddly, I remember little of what must have been read to us in the 'poetry' lessons. Apart from a fragment or two of strictly abbreviated nursery rhymes, there was the fact that Young Lochinvar came out of the west, and through all the wide Border his steed was the best. If anyone suggested just where in the west Young Lochinvar came out of, I don't recall it. As we were children in a Cornish school, I had a hazy notion that it might have been Penzance, or possibly Land's End. Then there were the lines of Tennyson: The splendour falls on castle walls And snowy ummits old in story.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Charles Causley      Print: Book


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