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. probably greater than the other Victorian poet, Tennyson's acceptance has waxed and waned within the century due to the fact his demise. He has been however sanctified and vilified for his collection of material, social outlook, morality, or recommendations of versification. His recognition has weathered even the main vitriolic makes an attempt to discredit either the fellow and his writings; and as feedback of the overdue 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 seemed by means of his contemporaries, prior to launching an in depth exam of twentieth-century feedback. A bankruptcy is dedicated to the interval instantly following Tennyson's demise, whilst a new release 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. targeted realization is given to significant biographers and critics comparable to 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. in the course of the learn, Mazzeno demonstrates that the critics' response to Tennyson finds as a lot approximately themselves and the severe prejudices in their personal instances because it does in regards to the Victorian Laureate and his poetry.
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He is careful, too, to note that Tennyson and his wife “kept their union free from those deplorable discords which too often cast a shadow over the marriages of literary men” (72–73). If one wishes to read only one brief book that captures virtually every aspect of High Victorianism, Jennings’s biography of Tennyson would serve as a sound model. Another strong but more balanced supporter of Tennyson, the theologian and critic R. H. Hutton, published a lengthy, favorable essay on the poet in his Literary Essays (1888).
S. Eliot make the same argument in the 1920s and 1930s. Nevertheless, Jacobs ends his essay by claiming for Tennyson the primacy of place among English poets as one who most consistently and accurately reflected the character of his homeland. Unquestionably the most important book published during the decade after Tennyson’s death was the two-volume biography by his son Hallam. Typical of nineteenth-century biographies, Alfred Tennyson: A Memoir (1897) consists largely of excerpts from letters, memoirs, diaries, and recorded conversations.
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