Download e-book for kindle: Alfred Tennyson: A Literary Life by Leonee Ormond

By Leonee Ormond

ISBN-10: 0333438337

ISBN-13: 9780333438336

ISBN-10: 1349229989

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Throughout his lengthy operating existence, Tennyson used to be experimenting with new varieties and topics. greatly learn in a number of disciplines, he responsed to the various personalities, occasions and discoveries of the Victorian age. nonetheless extensively considered as an apologist for the 'establishment', Tennyson used to be continuously an intruder. Scourged by way of reviewers, and haunted through his personal worried disposition, Tennyson persisted years of melancholy. even if the tide grew to become in 1850 Tennyson remained a stern critic of his contemporaries.

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Students prepared themselves to defend the university from an assault which never materialised. Among them was the young Tennyson. ' The double memory, of fire and smoke and the passion of the rickburners, supplied him with a remarkable image for the wrath of Ida in The Princess. over brow And cheek and bosom brake the wrathful bloom As of some fire against a stormy cloud, 28 Arthur Hallam 29 When the wild peasant rights himself, the rick Flames, and his anger reddens in the heavens. (IV, 263-7) 'Rights' suggests a broad sympathy with the plight of the labourers.

There is nothing in this college-studded marsh, which it could give you pleasure to know', he wrote to his favourite sister, Ellen. 13 For all his brilliant and sanguine temperament, Hallam was often depressed. Haunted by religious doubts and indifferent health, he longed to escape to the peace of Italy: 'it is a hot atmosphere I am breathing. I dislike, as far as regards myself, the interchange of opinions I have described. 14 A common love for poetry brought Hallam and Tennyson together, but the friendship which sprang up during 1829 soon reached far beyond the bounds of Shelley and the poetry competition.

Memoir, I, 97) Even in 1848, when he was on the verge of great success, Tennyson told a young poet: 'Do not publish too early, you cannot retract' (Memoir, I, 278). Late in March 1833, Tennyson took his eldest sister, Mary, to London to spend three weeks with the Hallams. She went in place of Emily who was ill. Tennyson and Hallam took her to the timehonoured sights: the zoo, the Tower, Westminster Abbey, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Less conventional were the visits to the new Pantechnicon in Belgrave Square and to the Adelaide Gallery of Practical Science in Agar Street, off the Strand.

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