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 early life marked through trauma, he went as much as Cambridge in 1828, the place he met Arthur Hallam, whose untimely demise had an enduring impact on Tennyson's existence and writing. His volumes of Poems (1842) tested him because the best poet of his new release, and of the Victorian interval. He was once created Poet Laureate in 1850 and in 1883 authorised a peerage. In T. S. Eliot's phrases, 'He has 3 features that are seldom came upon jointly other than within the maximum poets: abundance, kind and whole competence. He had the best ear of any English poet considering Milton.'
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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. I saw the little boys for a short time; I had met them in a donkey cart near Coniston during my walk.
At six I went by invitation to dine at Tent Lodge, and spent a most delightful evening. I saw the little boys for a short time; I had met them in a donkey cart near Coniston during my walk. Mrs. Marshall sent over the books in the course of the evening, and Mr. and Mrs. Tennyson admired some of them so much that I have strong hopes of ultimately getting a sitting from the poet, though I have not yet ventured to ask for it. Some of the photographs called out a good deal of fun on Mr. Tennyson’s part.
Secondly, his power of embodying himself 24 Alfred, Lord Tennyson in ideal characters, or rather moods of character, with such extreme accuracy of adjustment, that the circumstances of the narration seem to have a natural correspondence with the predominant feeling, and, as it were, to be evolved from it by assimilative force. Thirdly, his vivid, picturesque delineation of objects, and the peculiar skill with which he holds all of them fused, to borrow a metaphor from science, in a medium of strong emotion.