By Laurence W. Mazzeno
Alfred Tennyson: The serious Legacy explores the critics' response to the paintings of the nineteenth-century English poet so much 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 on the other hand sanctified and vilified for his selection of material, social outlook, morality, or innovations of versification. His popularity has weathered even the main vitriolic makes an attempt to discredit either the guy 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 this narrative research of Tennyson feedback with an examine how Tennyson was once appeared by way of 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 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. designated recognition is given to significant biographers and critics similar to Harold Nicolson, the poet's grandson Sir Charles Tennyson, Jerome Buckley, R. B. Martin, Michael Thorn, and Peter Levi. a last bankruptcy makes a speciality of the methods Tennyson and his paintings were addressed by way of poststructuralist critics. through the research, 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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Reprint, New York: Haskell House, 1970. Green, Joyce. ” PMLA 66 (September 1951): 662–97. Hearn, Lafcadio. ” Occidental Gleanings. Vol. 1. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1925. 1–25. Hutton, R. H. Literary Essays. London: Macmillan, 1888. Jennings, Henry J. Lord Tennyson: A Biographical Sketch. London: Chatto & Windus, 1884. Rev. and enlarged ed. 1892. Reprint, Folcroft, PA: Folcroft Press, 1972. Johnston, Eileen T. ” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 23 (Spring 1981): 1–26. Joseph, Gerhard. ” PMLA 88 (1973): 418–28.
Calling the poem the “Morte d’Albert,” Swinburne asserts that Tennyson “lowered and de- 22 ♦ TENNYSON AMONG HIS CONTEMPORARIES: 1827–1892 formed the outline of the Arthurian story” (Jump 318–19). Swinburne’s criticism of Tennyson was not all one-sided, however. Although he continues his attack on the Idylls in “Tennyson and Musset” in 1886, he lavishes praise on “Rizpah,” a shorter narrative in which Tennyson blends the elements of poetry masterfully. Whether modern critics would agree completely with Swinburne is open to question; in the twentieth century, Idylls of the King has enjoyed a critical resurgence, while “Rizpah” has remained a much-appreciated minor work.
Tennyson in America: His Reputation and Influence from 1827 to 1858. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1943. Gatty, Alfred. ” London: D. Bogue, 1881. Reprint, New York: Haskell House, 1972. Genung, John F. Tennyson’s “In Memoriam”: Its Purpose and Its Structure: A Study. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1884. Reprint, New York: Haskell House, 1970. Green, Joyce. ” PMLA 66 (September 1951): 662–97. Hearn, Lafcadio. ” Occidental Gleanings. Vol. 1. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1925. 1–25. Hutton, R. H. Literary Essays. London: Macmillan, 1888.
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