By Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92) used to be born in Lincolnshire, the 6th of 11 kids of a priest. After a adolescence marked by means of trauma, he went as much as Cambridge in 1828, the place he met Arthur Hallam, whose untimely loss of life had an enduring impression on Tennyson's lifestyles and writing. His volumes of Poems (1842) validated him because the prime poet of his iteration, and of the Victorian interval. He used to be created Poet Laureate in 1850 and in 1883 accredited a peerage. In T. S. Eliot's phrases, 'He has 3 traits that are seldom came upon jointly other than within the maximum poets: abundance, style and whole competence. He had the best ear of any English poet because Milton.'
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Extra resources for Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Bloom's Classic Critical Views)
Tennyson, Carlyle tell us, often neglects to meet with his friends when he is in London, perhaps because of his retiring temperament, but, in contrast to the extract’s conclusion, Carlyle also notes how delightful and welcome Tennyson’s company is. — However, I doubt he will not come; he often skips me, in these brief visits to Town; skips everybody indeed; being a man solitary and sad, as certain men are, dwelling in an element of gloom,—carrying a bit of Chaos about him, in short, which he is manufacturing into Cosmos!
His object is expression, in its true sense; to reproduce in other minds the imagination or feeling which lies in his own; and he adopts the method which seems best calculated to effect it. He never will trust himself to the impulses of passion, even in describing passion. All emotion, whether turbulent or evanescent, is passed through his intellect, and curiously scanned. To write furiously would to him appear as ridiculous, and as certainly productive of confusion, as to paint furiously, or carve furiously.
I heard his voice,—a bass voice, but not of a resounding depth,—a voice rather broken, as it were, and ragged about the edges, but pleasant to the ear. His manner, while conversing with these people, was not in the least that of an awkward man, unaccustomed to society; but he shook hands and parted with them, evidently, as soon as he conveniently could, and shuffled away quicker than before. He betrayed his shy and secluded habits more in this than in anything else that I observed; though, indeed, in his whole presence I was indescribably sensible of a morbid painfulness in him,—a something not to be meddled with.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Bloom's Classic Critical Views) by Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom