Tennysonian Love

With faith that comes of self-control, The truths that never can be proved Until we close with all we loved, ... While the matter is easy to vulgarize, it is too important for a full understanding of Tennysonian love to scant.

Tennysonian Love

Tennysonian Love was first published in 1969. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. In the century or so since Alfred Tennyson's poetry reached the height of its popularity and critical acclaim, the pendulum of criticism has swung wide in opposite directions. From the earlier idolatry to the later ridicule, that pendulum has now settled into a position of qualified and selective praise from which a more thoughtful consideration of the poet is possible. Consequently, as this critical study suggests, new values and dimensions are recognizable in his work. Professor Joseph, concentrating on the theme of love but involving in his argument other facets of Tennyson's achievement, demonstrates the thesis that the poet moved as in a "strange diagonal." This phrase used as the subtitle of the book comes from Tennyson's poem The Princess in which the narrator "moved as in a strange diagonal / And maybe neither pleased myself nor them." As the author shows, Tennyson throughout his work moved between a Platonic conception of love in which the highest kind of spiritual love has disencumbered itself of sense and a Neoplatonic ("Dantesque") one in which sense and soul tend to merge. In coming to terms with the nineteenth-century form of this divided Western heritage, the pietism of the evangelical revival on the one hand and the idealized eroticism of his Romantic predecessors on the other, Tennyson became the exemplary poet of Victorian love. No other Victorian poet, Professor Joseph concludes, exhibits quite his representative and successful blending of these clashing strains. For while moving between the alternate traditions of Western love, Tennyson was able to forge a large body of highly disciplined, beautifully wrought, and far-ranging verse.

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Tennysonian Love
Language: en
Pages: 216
Authors: Gerhard Joseph
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1969-04-10 - Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

Tennysonian Love was first published in 1969. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. In the century or so since Alfred Tennyson's poetry reached the height of its popularity and critical acclaim,
Amorous Aesthetics
Language: en
Pages: 245
Authors: Seth T. Reno
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-04 - Publisher: Liverpool University Press

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Divining Desire
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: James W. Hood
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-03-02 - Publisher: Routledge

This study examines Tennyson's portrayals of the erotic and creative impulses, reading the poet's ubiquitous lover-artists as tropes that figure the desire for transcending the state of being human, a condition of personal fragmentation and limited knowledge. Ostensibly seeking to fulfill erotic wishes, construct utopias, or create grand artistic works,
The Isabella Valancy Crawford Symposium
Language: en
Pages: 168
Authors: Frank M. Tierney
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1979-01-01 - Publisher: University of Ottawa Press

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Language: en
Pages: 158
Authors: Frank M. Tierney
Categories: Canada
Type: BOOK - Published: 1979 - Publisher: University of Ottawa Press

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