Tennyson and His Friends

Tennyson and His Friends

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Excerpt: ...the Library in the South Kensington Museum." This Sonnet is headed Sonnet to Alfred Tennyson After meeting him for the first time Long have I known thee as thou art in song, And long enjoyed the perfume that exhales From thy pure soul, and odour sweet entails, And permanence on thoughts that float along The stream of life to join the passive throng Of shades and echoes that are memory's being, Hearing we hear not, and we see not seeing If Passion, Fancy, Faith, move not among The never frequent moments of reflection. Long have I view'd thee in the chrystal sphere Of verse, that like the Beryl makes appear Visions of hope, begot of recollection. Knowing thee now, a real earth-treading man Not less I love thee, and no more I can. Hartley Coleridge. T. "I liked Hartley Coleridge, 'Massa' Hartley' as the rustics called him. He was a lovable little fellow. Once he said to me, 'Had I been Colonel Burns (the Poet's eldest son) I would have kicked Wordsworth for delivering that preachment.' On one occasion Hartley, who was very eccentric, was asked to dine with the family of a stiff Presbyterian clergyman residing in the Lake district. The guests, Trappist fashion, sat a long time in the drawing-room waiting for the announcement of dinner. Not a word was uttered, and Hartley was bored to extinction. At last he suddenly jumped up from the sofa, kissed the clergyman's wife, and rushed out of the house. He was wonderfully eloquent, and, I fancy, resembled his father in that respect." T. "I doubt that fine poem 'Kubla Khan' having been Pg 267 written in sleep; I have often imagined new poems in my sleep, but I couldn't remember them in the morning. Your uncle's words: 'Tennyson has no sense of rhythm and scansion, ' have been constantly quoted against me. The truth is that in my youth I used no hyphens in writing composite words, and a reader might...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123673453X
  • 9781236734532