By Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92) was once born in Lincolnshire, the 6th of 11 kids of a priest. After a early life marked via trauma, he went as much as Cambridge in 1828, the place he met Arthur Hallam, whose untimely loss of life had a long-lasting impression on Tennyson's existence and writing. His volumes of Poems (1842) tested him because the prime 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 characteristics that are seldom came across jointly other than within the maximum poets: abundance, kind and entire competence. He had the best ear of any English poet on account that Milton.'

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He might well enough pass for a madman at any time, there being a wildness in his aspect which doubtless might readily pass from quietude to frenzy. He is exceedingly nervous. —Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1857, cited in Julian Hawthorne, Nathaniel Hawthorne and His Wife, 1884, vol. 2, pp. 143–46 Queen Victoria () Victoria, queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and empress of India, reigned longer than any previous or, until today, Personal 17 succeeding British monarch. She has, of course, given her name to, and become emblematic of, a period in history.

His imagination broods over the spiritual and mystical elements of his being with the most concentrated power. His eye rests firmly on an object until it changes from film into form. Some of his poems are forced into artistical shape by the most patient and painful intellectual processes. His utmost strength is employed on those mysterious facts of consciousness which form the staple of the dreams and reveries of others. His mind winds through the mystical labyrinths of thought and feeling, with every power awake, in action, and wrought up to the highest pitch of intensity.

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. Mrs. Marshall sent over the books in the course of the evening, and Mr.

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