By Leonee Ormond

ISBN-10: 0333438337

ISBN-13: 9780333438336

ISBN-10: 1349229989

ISBN-13: 9781349229987

Throughout his lengthy operating lifestyles, Tennyson was once experimenting with new varieties and topics. extensively learn in quite a number disciplines, he responsed to some of the personalities, occasions and discoveries of the Victorian age. nonetheless largely considered as an apologist for the 'establishment', Tennyson used to be continually an interloper. Scourged by way of reviewers, and haunted by way of his personal apprehensive disposition, Tennyson persevered years of depression. even if the tide grew to become in 1850 Tennyson remained a stern critic of his contemporaries.

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In 1832, Edward, the most nervous and depressed, was placed in an asylum. He remained a mental patient for the rest of his life. There were fears, fortunately never fulfilled, that Septimus would follow him. Somersby Rectory itself was only a temporary sanctuary, it was destined for the new incumbent, and an alternative family home would have to be found. Financially the family was at the mercy of old George Tennyson. Dr Tennyson had left 'almost enough cash and easily disposable personalty to cover his debts',18 but his three eldest sons had all run up sizeable bills in Cambridge, Frederick's the largest, Alfred's the least.

Unconvinced by Ojeda's hasty correction: 'mais vous connaissez mon coeur', Tennyson thought: 'and a pretty black one it is'. (Memoir, I, 54) Their assignation completed, Hallam and Tennyson returned to Bagneres de Bigorre, where they had arranged to meet Frederick Tennyson. In place of Frederick was a message asking them to join him in Paris. As Hallam later told Charles Tennyson: we remained at Cauterets, and recruited our strength with precipitous defiles, jagged mountain tops, forests of solemn pine, travelled by dewy clouds, and encircling lawns of greenest freshness, waters, in all shapes, and all powers, from the clear runnel bubbling down over our mountain paths at intervals, to the blue little lake whose deep, cold waters are fed eternally from neighbouring glaciers.

That in The New Monthly is thought to have been written by Edward Bulwer (later Bulwer Lytton), who accused Tennyson of pretentiousness, and affectation of style. Knowing that Bulwer was a friend of Charles Tennyson d'Eyncourt, Tennyson was outraged. A more savage review, the most distressing Tennyson ever received, came from John Wilson Croker in The Quarterly of April1833. Croker was proud of his earlier attack on Keats, published in the same journal in 1818, which many believed had contributed to the poet's early death.

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