By Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92) was once born in Lincolnshire, the 6th of 11 childrens of a priest. After a adolescence marked by way of 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 lifestyles and writing. His volumes of Poems (1842) proven him because the best poet of his iteration, and of the Victorian interval. He was once created Poet Laureate in 1850 and in 1883 accredited a peerage. In T. S. Eliot's phrases, 'He has 3 traits that are seldom came upon jointly other than within the maximum poets: abundance, style and whole competence. He had the best ear of any English poet considering that Milton.'
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Tennyson refuses to disengage from the confrontation and insists upon his nationality. It is unclear what happens next, but it seems that, since it is the young man’s friends who intervene and apologize for their compatriot, the situation may have escalated to the point where the argument was about to turn violent. QQQ I saw Tennyson, first, at the house of Coventry Patmore, where we dined together. His friend Brookfield was also of the party. I was contented with him, at once. —Quiet sluggish sense & strength, refined, as all English are,—and good humoured.
Tennyson took me over there to ask leave to take the pictures on their premises, which was readily granted by Mrs. 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.
The fourth and fifth qualities, the poet’s lyrical modulation and his “elevated habits of thought” would become, for some critics later in the century, problematic with Tennyson’s poetry rather than aspects that were praiseworthy. The changing critical and public tastes during the long reign of Queen Victoria should be kept in mind when examining Hallam’s review. QQQ Mr. Tennyson belongs decidedly to the class we have already described as Poets of Sensation. He sees all the forms of nature with the “eruditus oculus,” and his ear has a fairy fineness.