Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom's Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Bloom's Classic Critical Views) PDF

By Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom

ISBN-10: 143813424X

ISBN-13: 9781438134246

ISBN-10: 1604136405

ISBN-13: 9781604136401

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92) used to be born in Lincolnshire, the 6th of 11 childrens of a priest. After a adolescence marked via trauma, he went as much as Cambridge in 1828, the place he met Arthur Hallam, whose untimely demise had a long-lasting effect on Tennyson's existence and writing. His volumes of Poems (1842) confirmed him because the major poet of his new release, and of the Victorian interval. He was once created Poet Laureate in 1850 and in 1883 authorized a peerage. In T. S. Eliot's phrases, 'He has 3 features that are seldom came across jointly other than within the maximum poets: abundance, kind and whole competence. He had the best ear of any English poet due to the fact Milton.'

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The hotel was shut up for the night, and I had to wait and ring a long while at the door. Dies mirabilis! —Lewis Carroll, Diary, September 22, 1857 Personal 15 Nathaniel Hawthorne () Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the best-known American short story writers and novelists of the nineteenth century. In this extract, Hawthorne begins by describing Tennyson, a wildish, somewhat poetic figure, as sensitive, not entirely careful about his appearance, sporting a poet’s floppy hat, and seemingly uninterested in, if not unaware of, those around him.

This extract comes from a volume written the year before the by-then-old poet’s death. In it, Coleridge laments what he perceives to be the lack of rhythm and meter in Tennyson’s verse, while simultaneously praising the “good deal of beauty” also contained therein. There is something of the curmudgeon in evidence in this extract, certainly in the final line, where Coleridge seems almost to throw up his hands in exasperation on attempting to scan Tennyson’s verse. It is interesting to contrast the older poet’s opinions with other reviewers of Tennyson’s early work; most critics had praised the young poet’s sense of lyrical harmony and the “music” contained in his poetic lines.

QQQ O you that dwell ’mid farm and fold, Yet keep so quick undulled a heart, I send you here that book of gold, So loved so long; The fairest art, The sweetest English song. And often in the far-off town, When summer sits with open door, I’ll dream I see you set it down Beside the churn, Whose round shall slacken more and more, Till you forget to turn. And I shall smile that you forget, And Dad will scold—but never mind! Butter is good, but better yet, Think such as we, To leave the farm and fold behind, And follow such as he.

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