By F. Pinion
Though it provides separate therapy to genres reminiscent of idylls, epistolary poems, and renowned dramatic monologues, this significant evaluate of Tennyson's paintings is greatly 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). looking at due percentage so far as attainable, this perceptive and surprisingly finished survey assesses the literary benefits of Tennyson and the trendy importance of his principles. Its price is improved via a close biographical creation and a beneficiant choice of illustrations.
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The damp weather chilled him, and he stayed indoors, assuming he had a recurrence of the ague. Two days later, on 15 September, tired after a short walk, he chose to rest on a sofa. His father, returning to the hotel after a further stroll, thought he was asleep; some time elapsed before he discovered his son was dead. A post-mortem showed that Arthur had died of apoplexy, and that, owing to a congenital malformation of the brain, his death could not have been long delayed. Mr Hallam arranged for the body to be shipped from Trieste.
His grandson Charles, unlike Frederick and Alfred, had not been averse to ordination, and was now curate at Tealby. Prescribed opium, he became an addict, creating scandal in the parish, embarrassment at Bayons, and additional worry for Tennyson, who suffered on account ofhis brother Edward's mental affliction (from which there was no recovery) before hearing of Hallam's death. Charles realized his expectations when his greatuncle Samuel Turner died. He inherited estates at Grasby and Caistor; the Grasby living became his; he moved to the house in Caistor market-place where his grandfather had courted Mary Turner, and, in accordance with his benefactor's wishes, adopted the name of Turner.
He spent much time in London, sometimes on publishing matters, more often with friends, among whom Gladstone was now one of the foremost. Others included the physicist John Tyndall, the biologist Thomas Huxley, and three astronomers, Sir John Herschel, Norman Lockyer, and Charles Pritchard; he became a member of the Royal Society in December 1865. It was about this time that differences carne into the open. Whether there was any survival of the envy which Gladstone must have felt when Tennyson displaced him as Hallam's first friend must remain uncertain, but tension inevitably arose whenever the Marriage and Farringford, 185o-67 45 leading Liberal statesman and a poet with strong unsubtle patriotic feelings differed on any important question.