By F. Pinion
Though it provides separate therapy to genres equivalent to idylls, epistolary poems, and well known dramatic monologues, this significant review of Tennyson's paintings is generally chronological. His number of curiosity and the distinction of his later poetry are emphasised (most of the numerous contributions to Idylls of the King belong to the ultimate interval of its development). watching due percentage so far as attainable, this perceptive and strangely entire survey assesses the literary advantages of Tennyson and the fashionable importance of his rules. Its price is better through a close biographical creation and a beneficiant number of illustrations.
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It was no easy journey; the children had not recovered from whooping-cough, Emily was not strong, and travelling in the mountain regions was often primitive. Arthur Hugh Clough, who had spent six weeks at Freshwater in the spring, met them at Mont Dore, and again in the Pyrenees. Tennyson walked and climbed 42 A Tennyson Companion among the mountains with Dakyns, but his main object was to see Cauteretz and renew impressions of magnificent scenes indelibly associated with Arthur Hallam. When they came to the valley, Dakyns noticed his absorption, and dropped behind.
Edward Lear said of Farringford that one always seemed to live in public there. Despite his short-sightedness the poet had always been an avid reader; he was interested in new poetry, fiction, science, and philosophy, and always found time to return to the great literature of the past; recently he had taken up the study of Hebrew in order to read his favourite Old Testament books, Job, Isaiah, and The Song of Solomon, in the original. He spent much time in London, sometimes on publishing matters, more often with friends, among whom Gladstone was now one of the foremost.
It became Emily's 'ivied home among the pine-trees'. For Tennyson another attraction was its proximity to High Down, which flanked the Channel, its sheer white cliffs running west towards the Needles, and reaching their highest point, almost five hundred feet, at the Beacon. To this he would make his way from his garden along a lane, and on through trees and scrub to the open slope. In his black cape he soon became a familiar figure on these heights; he loved to gather impressions of the sea, to watch the habits of birds frequenting the cliffs, most of all to stride or run in the breeze.