By F. Pinion
Though it supplies separate remedy to genres akin to idylls, epistolary poems, and well known dramatic monologues, this significant evaluate of Tennyson's paintings is widely 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). gazing due share so far as attainable, this perceptive and strangely complete survey assesses the literary benefits of Tennyson and the trendy importance of his rules. Its price is stronger through a close biographical advent and a beneficiant number of illustrations.
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After a busy period, during which Edward Lear (who thought Emily a saint) and Dodgson were at Farringford, and the Duke and Duchess of Argyll on the first of several annual holidays at Freshwater, Tennyson was ready for a holiday, and chose to go to Portugal and North Mrica, with Palgrave a willing companion. Cintra was disappointing; he wished to see Fielding's grave, but the Protestant cemetery was closed. Heat, flies, and fleas at Lisbon made him cancel the rest of the tour. Having time to spare in England, they proceeded to the New Forest, then to Cambridge, where Tennyson showed Palgrave Hallam's rooms, spent an evening with his old Trumpington Street tobacconist, and dined with the publisher Alexander Macmillan.
He often acted as host, and impressed visitors with his courtesy and his care for his mother. With Frederick (soon to set off for Italy, where he was to marry and remain until 1859) he and Mary were guests at Mr Sellwood's dinner in honour of the latter's brother-in-law, the famous Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, before he sailed to take up responsibilities as Governor of Tasmania. Sir John's niece Catherine observed how tall, dark, and handsome Alfred was, thought Mary the handsomest woman she had ever seen, and all three very remarkable-looking, 'though certainly formidable in their unconventional manner'.
He treated her tenderly, read to her as much as ever, built her a summer-house, and wheeled her whenever he could in the invalid chair which Sir John Simeon had given them. Mindful of his own unhappy youth, he devoted much time to his children, anxious to ensure their health and happiness; he played with them, read to them, and tried to instil a sense of the beauty of language at an early age. Emily kept a record of their quaint remarks; during Hallam's first church service, Marriage and Farringford, I85o-67 39 at Coniston, she had to restrain him from dancing during the sermon, only to be asked when 'the man' would let him go, and whether the man in question was a soldier or a policeman.