By Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92) used to be born in Lincolnshire, the 6th of 11 youngsters of a priest. After a youth marked through trauma, he went as much as Cambridge in 1828, the place he met Arthur Hallam, whose untimely dying had a long-lasting effect on Tennyson's existence and writing. His volumes of Poems (1842) confirmed him because the major poet of his iteration, and of the Victorian interval. He used to be created Poet Laureate in 1850 and in 1883 approved a peerage. In T. S. Eliot's phrases, 'He has 3 traits that are seldom stumbled on jointly other than within the maximum poets: abundance, type and entire competence. He had the best ear of any English poet due to the fact Milton.'
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Marshall, Mr. Marshall being from home. We stayed luncheon there and met a son of Mrs. Marshall’s, about sixteen years old; a daughter, Julia, about eleven, and the son’s tutor. The little girl has a very striking, animated face, not unlike Katie Murdoch. . 14 Alfred, Lord Tennyson After luncheon Mr. Tennyson returned to the lodge, and I took a walk through Coniston, having first brought my books of photographs to Mrs. Marshall to be looked at. At six I went by invitation to dine at Tent Lodge, and spent a most delightful evening.
The review points out that the English 28 Alfred, Lord Tennyson poet’s work avoids, at one extreme, the overly sentimental passion of some writers of the time, and at the other a didactic philosophizing, each of which would destroy the power of Tennyson’s writing. Emerson sensitively draws a distinction between the poetic representation of objects and their reproduction in verse. Tennyson is not slavishly faithful to reality in his poetry, reproducing what exists in the external world, but reproduces it in the manner of a master painter, with a style and a simple grace all his own.
102 t GENERAL t t The following section deals with a variety of subjects, several extracts considering Tennyson’s entire career as a writer and attempting to develop a sense of aesthetic continuum unifying three-quarters of a century of work. There are reviews of individual poems and collections of poetry (both as they were published and retrospectively) and examinations of Tennyson’s style, lyric voice, philosophy (indeed, whether the poet could be said to actually have a consistent philosophical stance), and later dramas.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Bloom's Classic Critical Views) by Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom