New Course: Tennyson: Maud

Name: Tennyson: Maud

Tutor: Professor Seamus Perry (Professor of English Literature and Tutorial Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford)

Modules: 6

Module List:

  1. Monodrama
  2. Speculation
  3. Maud Herself
  4. Repetition
  5. The Ending of the Poem
  6. Maud and Other Poems


In this course, Professor Seamus Perry (University of Oxford) explores Tennyson’s ‘Maud’ (1855), a narrative poem about man’s relationship with a sixteen-year old girl called Maud. As we move through the course, we think about the concepts of ‘monodrama’ and ‘speculation’ in the poem, the characterisation of Maud herself, the use of repetition in the poem, the ending of the poem, and the poems that were published alongside ‘Maud’ in the original 1855 collection, ‘Maud and Other Poems’.

Relevance to Specification:

This course is relevant for students reading Tennyson’s ‘Maud’. The full poem is a set text for OCR AS/A Level GCE in English Literature, while students on Edexcel AS/A Level GCE in English Literature who are looking at Victorian Poetry must read four sections from the poem (of which this course covers all four).