Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, POETS AND CRITICS, by ALFRED TENNYSON

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POETS AND CRITICS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: This thing, that thing is the rage
Last Line: And the critic's rarer still.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tennyson, Lord Alfred; Tennyson, 1st Baron; Tennyson Of Aldworth And Farringford, Baron
Subject(s): Criticism & Critics

THIS thing, that thing is the rage,
Helter-skelter runs the age;
Minds on this round earth of ours
Vary like the leaves and flowers,
Fashion'd after certain laws;
Sing thou low or loud or sweet,
All at all points thou canst not meet,
Some will pass and some will pause.

What is true at last will tell:
Few at first will place thee well;
Some too low would have thee shine,
Some too high -- no fault of thine --
Hold thine own, and work thy will!
Year will graze the heel of year,
But seldom comes the poet here,
And the Critic's rarer still.

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