Elizabeth Siddal and the Pre-Raphaelites

Elizabeth Siddal and Tennyson

Portrait of Tennyson, painted by Millais
Portrait of Tennyson, painted by Millais

It has been said that Lizzie developed a love of poetry at a young age, after discovering a Tennyson poem on a scrap of newspaper that had been used to wrap a pat of butter.  Unfortunately, we do not know which poem captured her attention.  But in honor of that moment, LizzieSiddal.com would like to share some of Tennyson’s poems.

Battle of Brunanburgh

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Demeter and Persephone

The Eagle

Flower in the Crannied Wall

The Lady of Shalott

The Lotus-Eaters

La Morte D’Arthur

The Palace of Art (with illustration by Rossetti)

Illustration, drawn by Elizabeth Siddal, for Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott.
Illustration, drawn by Elizabeth Siddal, for Tennyson’s The Lady of Shalott.


13 Replies to “Elizabeth Siddal and Tennyson”

  1. Just 201 years old today. Happy Birthday, Sir!
    “And moving through a mirror clear
    That hangs before her all the year,
    Shadows of the world appear.”

  2. “My watch has stopped; what am I to do?”
    Real quote. It’s in the Carlyle letters.

  3. The Eagle
    He clasps the crag with hooked hands
    Close to the sun in foreign lands.
    The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls
    And, like a thunderbolt, he falls.

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