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Alfred Lord Tennyson's Poetic License


You probably know this famous line, "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." What you probably don't know is that it was penned by Alfred Lord Tennyson, a famous poet laureate whose words inspired millions of readers and aspiring authors. His famous works include In Memoriam A.H.H. and Idylls of the King. Tennyson skillfully worked with rhythm in his poems. His writings reflect his affinity to the moralistic and scientific attitudes of the Victorian era.
  • A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies.

  • He makes no friends who never made a foe.

  • Sweet is true love that is given in vain, and sweet is death that takes away pain.

  • 'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

  • The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence, but in the mastery, of his passions.

  • Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow.

  • Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

  • Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.

  • Their's not to make reply, Their's not to reason why, Their's but to do and die.

  • A smile abroad is often a scowl at home.

  • God's finger touched him, and he slept.

  • I am a part of all that I have met.

  • Marriages are made in Heaven.

  • Ah Christ, that it were possible For one short hour to see The souls we loved, that they might tell us What and where they be.

  • My strength is as the strength of ten, Because my heart is pure.

  • There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.

  • A sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier times.

  • Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?

  • The greater man the greater courtesy.

  • Cleave never to the sunnier side of doubt.

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