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Tennyson: The Unquiet Heart by Robert…

Tennyson: The Unquiet Heart

by Robert Bernard Martin

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1632 Tennyson: The Unquiet Heart, by Robert Bernard Martin (read 11 May 1981) This book must rank as one of the great biographies I have read. It lacks little or nothing required for a great biography. Various of Tennyson's poems--Charge of the Light Brigade, The Brook, Locksley Hall, Tears, Idle Tears, Crossing the Bar--I have known by heart, and in my naive way some of his poetry I cannot fail to think surpassingly and unendingly beauteous. He was born Aug 6, 1809, at Somersby and died at 1:35 A.M. Oct 6, 1892. He never had any job other than writing, it would appear, and made a very good living at it. I could quote striking lines at great length, but a poem written after his son Lionel's death was new to me. It is entitled "To the Marquis of Dufferin and Ava and a line in the following verse thereof is sheerly great, I think:
"Beneath a hard Arabian moon
And alien stars. To question why
The sons before the father die,
Not mine! and I may meet him soon.
This book has been a sheer joy to read, though it paints the warts on Tennyson so clearly one cannot admire him much as a man. But it was all a biography should be. ( )
  Schmerguls | Nov 25, 2008 |
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