Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Editions can help.
Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Editions can help.

The Kraken Summary & Analysis
by Alfred Lord Tennyson

The Kraken Summary & Analysis
by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Question about this poem?
Have a question about this poem?
Have a specific question about this poem?
Have a specific question about this poem?
Have a specific question about this poem?
A LitCharts expert can help.
A LitCharts expert can help.
A LitCharts expert can help.
A LitCharts expert can help.
A LitCharts expert can help.
Ask us
Ask us
Ask a question
Ask a question
Ask a question

Alfred, Lord Tennyson published "The Kraken" in 1830 in Poems, Chiefly Lyrical. A sonnet with an extra line, the poem is about the mythical sea monster known as the "Kraken," a legendary beast that has haunted old sailor stories, folklore, and literature since the 13th century. An enormous squid-like creature, the Kraken is supposedly capable of dragging entire ships down to its dwelling place in the deepest reaches of the ocean. In the poem, though, the Kraken simply sleeps an ancient slumber in the depths, where—the speaker implies—it will remain until a religious reckoning drives it to the surface to die.

Get
Get
LitCharts
Get the entire guide to “The Kraken” as a printable PDF.
Download