"The Palace of Art"


The isolated scenes described in four-line stanzas in “The Palace of Art” expand into worlds of their own creation when read in the context of the allusions they make and the artwork the poem itself influenced. The eternal tension between the world of art and the realities of the world, which lies at the heart of “The Palace of Art,” is both exemplified and complicated by Tennyson's encapsulated mood-meditations. An exploration of the poem's influence in the decades following its publication reveals a web of intertwining themes and the styles that bind them together.

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Each stanza from Tennyson's "The Palace of Art" to the right links to its corresponding page. The navigation bar below allows for a sequential tour through the rooms.

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Full of great rooms and small the palace stood,
All various, each a perfect whole
From living Nature, fit for every mood
And change of my still soul.

For some were hung with arras green and blue,
Showing a gaudy summer-morn,
Where with puff'd cheek the belted hunter blew
His wreathed bugle-horn.