Alfred Lord Tennyson

Here you will find the Poem Hendecasyllabics of poet Alfred Lord Tennyson


O you chorus of indolent reviewers,
 Irresponsible, indolent reviewers,
 Look, I come to the test, a tiny poem
 All composed in a metre of Catullus,
 All in quantity, careful of my motion,
 Like the skater on ice that hardly bears him,
 Lest I fall unawares before the people,
 Waking laughter in indolent reviewers.
 Should I flounder awhile without a tumble
 Thro' this metrification of Catullus,
 They should speak to me not without a welcome,
 All that chorus of indolent reviewers.
 Hard, hard, hard it is, only not to tumble,
 So fantastical is the dainty meter.
 Wherefore slight me not wholly, nor believe me
 Too presumptuous, indolent reviewers.
 O blatant Magazines, regard me rather -
 Since I blush to belaud myself a moment -
 As some rare little rose, a piece of inmost
 Horticultural art, or half-coquette-like
 Maiden, not to be greeted unbenignly.