By Leonee Ormond
Throughout his lengthy operating lifestyles, Tennyson used to be experimenting with new varieties and topics. largely learn in a number disciplines, he responsed to a few of the personalities, occasions and discoveries of the Victorian age. nonetheless broadly considered as an apologist for the 'establishment', Tennyson used to be consistently an intruder. Scourged by way of reviewers, and haunted via his personal fearful disposition, Tennyson persisted years of melancholy. even if the tide became in 1850 Tennyson remained a stern critic of his contemporaries.
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Efforts to establish them in useful careers failed, and one by one they slipped back into the safety of Somersby. In 1832, Edward, the most nervous and depressed, was placed in an asylum. He remained a mental patient for the rest of his life. There were fears, fortunately never fulfilled, that Septimus would follow him. Somersby Rectory itself was only a temporary sanctuary, it was destined for the new incumbent, and an alternative family home would have to be found. Financially the family was at the mercy of old George Tennyson.
The second day was warm, and he carne on deck, and kindly read to us some of Scott's novels ... In my father's original pencil sketch Mr. Tennyson had a large cape, a tall hat, and a very decided nose. 8 The hat and cloak, copied from Spanish exiles in London, were to become the poet's habitual dress, a legacy from the Spanish adventure. From Dublin, Tennyson and Hallam crossed to Liverpool, and on 20 September they caught the first train to run from Liverpool to Manchester. The myopic Tennyson misread the rails as grooves, recalling the error vividly in a line from 'Locksley Hall', 'Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change' (I, 182).
During visits to London, Tennyson and Hallam worked together in Wiinpole Street, or walked about, deep in conversation. Hallam was writing amazingly mature reviews and essays which left their 42 Alfred Tennyson mark on Tennyson's own thinking. The two men were often at the theatre, or in the art galleries. The new National Gallery had recently opened in three rooms at 100 Pall Mall, the former home of John Julius Angerstein, whose paintings formed the nucleus of the national collection. Two further groups of paintings, a gift from Sir George Beaumont, and a bequest from the Revd Holwell Carr had been added in 1826 and 1828.
Alfred Tennyson: A Literary Life by Leonee Ormond