THE Poems of Alfred, Lord Tennyson Volume 1 1830 - 1856

THE Poems of Alfred, Lord Tennyson Volume 1
Auteur: Tennyson Tennyson
Uitgever: Read Books
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9781408630907
  • oktober 2007
  • 488 pagina's
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THE POEMS of ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON VOLUME 1 1830-1856 -- 1906 -- INTRODUCTION -- IN these volumes the Tennyson that Arthur Hallam. knew will be found fully ranged for the first time with the later Tennyson whose note sounded clear as the thrush leading the chorus of St. Barnabe the Bright. Omitting the uncharacteristic boyish verses of the book which he wrote in concert with his brothers and published in 1827 before he went to Cambridge, the following pages contain the whole of his volume of 1830, written in his college days his Cambridge prize-poem. which gained the Chancellors Medal, over the heads of Arthur Hallam and Milnes and all that is to be counted essential in his book of poems published by Moxon in 1833. Many of these exercises of his youth, the poet in his years of discretion rejected. But if they did not satisfy him, they are uncommonly interesting to us. They are the tell-tale imperfect essays in art, which show how their writer worked toward perfection. Benjamin Franklin thought even the English Bible was become too familiar to mens ears, and he attempted in a very disastrous way to renew its worn and proverbial texture. In a11 poetry there is a temptation to what we may Call disseizin, which needs to be overcome and in Tennysons case it can best be met by a recall of his early writing and ideas. Then, even those much-read poems of his, whose Victorian forms seem most superannuated, may regain their effect. They take on, indeed, something of their original reality, when they are related to the first pages of the poet as he appeared and as he expressed himself in his youth and indeterminate years. In that period, immediately preceding the date of his first book-the Poems, chiefly Lyrical of 1830-Tennyson was not only a disciple of other poets, but a bold, fanciful, and sometimes over-ingenious innovator on his own account. He played tricks with his craft, was lavish of diminutives, invented strange particles, and took an unreasonable dislike to hyphens and it is not surprising if his mature taste rejected afterward many of his extravagances. But whether for Hallams and other kindred Cambridge influences, or strictly for his own sake, these poems are very well worth reprinting. They can make us one with his early contemporaries, and revive the contemporary illusion that only lasts in poetry while the novelty of its music and its ideal habit are still unaffected by use. Take, as an instance of his early verse, the stanza that originally began Mariana in the South. one of the lyrics of 1833- Behind the barren hill upsprung With pointed rocks against the light, The crag sharp-shadowed overhung Each glaring creek and inlet bright. Far, far, one hght blue ridge was seen, Looming like baseless fairyland Eastward a slip of burning sand, Dark-rimmed with sea, and bare of green Down in the dry salt-marshes stood That house dark latticed. Not a breath - Swayed the sick vineyard underneath, Or moved the dusty southernwood. Madonna, with melodious moan Sang Mariana, night and morn, Madonna, lo I am all alone, Love-forgotten and love-forlorn. This is not so effective as the present opening but it is much too good to be ignored. It sets up enough of novel detail-the barren hill, the crag sharp-shadowed, the light blue ridge -to vary the picture, and charge the total impression with the element of unexpectedness. Something might be said, on the same grounds, forreviving a small group of the boyish poems from the volume of 1827, which act as a new window into his House of Fame...



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