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Tennyson, Alfred Lord
The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson.
Ticknor and Fields, Boston, 1862. Finely bound example of The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson. Small octavo, bound in full morocco with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in five compartments, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the panels, gilt turn-ins, all edges marbled, engraved frontispiece portrait of Tennyson. In near fine condition. A superior example. As source material for his poetry, Tennyson used a wide range of subject matter ranging from medieval legends to classical myths and from domestic situations to observations of nature. The influence of John Keats and other Romantic poets published before and during his childhood is evident from the richness of his imagery and descriptive writing. He also handled rhythm masterfully. The insistent beat of Break, Break, Break emphasizes the relentless sadness of the subject matter. Tennyson's use of the musical qualities of words to emphasize his rhythms and meanings is sensitive. Tennyson was a craftsman who polished and revised his manuscripts extensively, to the point where his efforts at self-editing were described by his contemporary Robert Browning as "insane", symptomatic of "mental infirmity." Few poets have used such a variety of styles with such an exact understanding of metre; like many Victorian poets, he experimented in adapting the quantitative metres of Greek and Latin poetry to English. He reflects the Victorian period of his maturity in his feeling for order and his tendency towards moralizing. He also reflects a concern common among Victorian writers in being troubled by the conf … [Click Below for Full Description]
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