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By Christopher Ricks (auth.)

ISBN-10: 1349014826

ISBN-13: 9781349014828

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ISBN-13: 9781349014842

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A positively last appearance too bravely bright-eyed to moisten our eyes. What was meant to be fortitude comes out as diminutive mawk. " Poems, Chiefly Lyricalr83o 45 His poems contemplate such life in drunkenness, and in madness, and in extreme old age, and in stillbirth, and drugged by the lotos, and paralyzed by Art, and in a world of mirrored shadows like the Lady of Shalott. Indeed the Kraken is like the Lady of Shalott in that he too will awake only to death. For the Kraken's life till then will be only sleep.

But there are reasons which have obliged me to change my intention, and withdraw my own share of the work from the press. One of these was the growing conviction of the exceeding crudeness of style, and in parts morbidness of feeling, which characterised all my earlier attempts. "Morbidness of feeling": when Tennyson's son came to quote this letter in the Memoir, he carefully excised that phrase. It raises vividly the question of what sort of person Hallam was, and so of what it was in their relationship that meant so much to Tennyson.

After leaving Eton in 1827, he had spent some months in Italy and had become a proficient scholar and even poet in the language. He came to Trinity College in October 1828, and got to know Tennyson in about April 1829. Each stood strongly in need of friendship: Arthur Hallam's former friends were now at Oxford, not Cambridge, and he br~>Oded upon this lack of friendship; Tennyson, who had not yet found much human riches in Cambridge, was all too aware of the spendthrift emotionalism which was racking the family in Somersby.

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