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Tears, Idle Tears



“Tears, Idle Tears” was published in 1847 by English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in a volume of poetry titled The Princess: A Medley.   This verse (found in Part 4 of the longer work), was sung  by ” a maid” to “her harp.”  The book was intended to be a long examination of a contemporary controversy, the education of women and the establishment of female colleges.   This melancholy verse examines life from a perspective of life’s end, with memories affecting the speaker in some indefinable way.


LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson  (Author Keywords)
  • Alfred  Tennyson (Author Keywords)



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PR 5588 (Tennyson is also found in other PR areas as well)



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bloom, Harold, ed. Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Bloom’s Major Poets. 1999.

                   Call Number:  PR5588 .T39 1999  

  •  Buckley, Jerome Hamilton.  Tennyson: The Growth of a Poet. 1960

                   Call Number:  PR5581. B8 1965  

  •  Buckner, William Earl.   The Victorian Imagination: Essays in Aesthetic Exploration. 1980.

                 Call Number:  PR463. B8  

  • Flaxman, Rhoda L. Victorian Word Painting and Narrative:  Toward the blending of Genres.

                 Call Number:  PR468. P53 F5 1987  

  •  Roberts, Adam (ed.)   Alfred Tennyson. : A Critical Edition of the Major Works.  2000.

                 Call Number:  PR5588.A45 2000  



Reference Materials


  • Critical Survey of Poetry (Second Revised Edition)Call Number:  REF PN1021 .C7 2003

o   Vol.7,  Pg. 3821

  • Masterplots II:  Poetry Series (Revised Edition)Call Number:  REF PN1110.5 .M37 2002

o   Vol. VII, Pg. 3759  

  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism Call Number:  REF PN761 .N5

o   Vol. 30, Pg. 246-248  

o   Vol. 115, Pg. 364, 366  

  • Poetry for StudentsCall Number:  REF PN1112 .P752 1998

o   Vol. 4, Pg. 219-231  



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