By Laurence W. Mazzeno
Alfred Tennyson: The severe Legacy explores the critics' response to the paintings of the nineteenth-century English poet such a lot heavily linked to the Victorian period. maybe greater than the other Victorian poet, Tennyson's recognition has waxed and waned within the century for the reason that his loss of life. He has been however sanctified and vilified for his selection of material, social outlook, morality, or recommendations of versification. His acceptance has weathered even the main vitriolic makes an attempt to discredit either the fellow and his writings; and as feedback of the past due 20th century demonstrates, Tennyson's declare to pre-eminence one of the Victorians is now unchallenged. Laurence Mazzeno starts off this narrative research of Tennyson feedback with an examine how Tennyson used to be looked via his contemporaries, sooner than launching a close exam of twentieth-century feedback. A bankruptcy is dedicated to the interval instantly following Tennyson's loss of life, whilst a iteration of post-Victorians reacted violently opposed to what they thought of his sappy sentimentalism, cloying moralism, and insensitive jingoism. next chapters describe how critics resurrected Tennyson, highlighting either his technical mastery and his social feedback. distinctive realization is given to significant biographers and critics reminiscent of Harold Nicolson, the poet's grandson Sir Charles Tennyson, Jerome Buckley, R. B. Martin, Michael Thorn, and Peter Levi. a last bankruptcy specializes in the methods Tennyson and his paintings were addressed by way of poststructuralist critics. during the research, Mazzeno demonstrates that the critics' response to Tennyson unearths as a lot approximately themselves and the serious prejudices in their personal instances because it does in regards to the Victorian Laureate and his poetry.
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In the same fashion Henry Jones transformed a lecture given at the University of Glasgow into The Immortality of the Soul in Tennyson and Browning (1907) to reach a wider audience with his ideas about the value of Tennyson’s poetry as a tool for understanding the concept of immortality. The most extensive critical commentary on Tennyson’s poetry written in the late nineteenth century is Stopford Brooke’s Tennyson, His Art and Relation to Modern Life (1894). Brooke had known Tennyson, and the poet 40 ♦ A MIXED LEGACY: 1892–1916 had approved Brooke’s assessments of individual poems.
TENNYSON AMONG HIS CONTEMPORARIES: 1827–1892 ♦ 25 Although his plays did not receive wide acclaim, Tennyson’s individual works continued to generate exceptional praise from his contemporaries. For example, Alfred Gatty, a clergyman in York, found solace in writing A Key to Tennyson’s “In Memoriam” (1881) so he could be certain that the indisputable “earnestness and piety” of the work and its “deep thought and reverent speculation” on death would not be misinterpreted by readers (vi). Elizabeth Chapman offers a prose redaction of the work for much the same reason in A Companion to “In Memoriam” (1888).
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