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Victorian Poetry and the Culture of the Heart

Kirstie Blair

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199273942
eISBN:
9780191706592
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273942.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book considers why and how the heart became a vital image in Victorian poetry, and argues that the intense focus on heart imagery in many major Victorian poems highlights anxieties in this ... More


The Poet's Mind: The Psychology of Victorian Poetry 1830–1870

Gregory Tate

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199659418
eISBN:
9780191749018
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659418.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book examines Victorian poetry's preoccupation with studying the mind. It argues that Victorian poets, inheriting from their Romantic forerunners the belief that subjective thoughts and feelings ... More


Romanticism and Transcendentalism, 1800–1900

Terryl L. Givens

in When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195313901
eISBN:
9780199871933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Romanticism brings back the twinned concepts of preexistence and theosis. The revival of Plato (under Thomas Taylor's influence) sparks revival of interest in preexistence especially. William Blake, ... More


Tennyson's Rapture: Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue

Cornelia D. J. Pearsall

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195150544
eISBN:
9780199871124
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150544.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book explores Tennyson’s representation of rapture, or being carried away, as a radical mechanism of transformation—theological, social, political, or personal—and as a figure for critical ... More


In Plight of Troth: Mythological Epic 1860–1870

Herbert F. Tucker

in Epic: Britain's Heroic Muse 1790–1910

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199232987
eISBN:
9780191716447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232987.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The Poet Laureate's generic apostasy and recovery frame this chapter's argument that the High Victorian epic reached maturity when it entrusted to myth, as a culture-shaped repository of value, the ... More


Encounters with the Ancient World in Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture

Isobel Hurst

in Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199283514
eISBN:
9780191712715
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283514.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the social and educational context of classical studies in the Victorian period. Men like Byron and Tennyson described reading authors such as Horace at school as a dull and ... More


There and Back: Emigrant Epic 1840–1850

Herbert F. Tucker

in Epic: Britain's Heroic Muse 1790–1910

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199232987
eISBN:
9780191716447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232987.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter proposes that the 1840s tendency to expatriate British epics to foreign parts reflected a postnationalist turn in the construction of British identity. Even heavy-duty royal heroes like ... More


INTRODUCTION: Rapt Oration

Cornelia Pearsall

in Tennyson's Rapture: Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195150544
eISBN:
9780199871124
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150544.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This introduction argues that Alfred Tennyson’s conception of “rapt oration” is critical to the understanding of a quartet of his major dramatic monologues, “St. Simeon Stylites,” “Ulysses,” ... More


CONCLUSION: Tennyson’s Apotheosis

Cornelia Pearsall

in Tennyson's Rapture: Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195150544
eISBN:
9780199871124
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150544.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The conclusion recounts the 1883 voyage of the Pembroke Castle embarked upon by William Gladstone and Tennyson, as well as Punch’s satirical take on the event. The voyage provided an opportunity for ... More


Alfred and Hallam Tennyson

Michael Millgate

in Testamentary Acts: Browning, Tennyson, James, Hardy

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183662
eISBN:
9780191674099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183662.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses the final phase of Alfred Tennyson's life and the role of his son, Hallam Tennyson, in managing the life of his father, in censoring and controlling the public in having access ... More


Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion

Kirstie Blair

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199644506
eISBN:
9780191741593
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644506.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Poetry

This study situates Victorian poetry in relation to Victorian religion, with particular emphasis on the bitter contemporary debates over the use of forms in worship. It argues that poetry made ... More


‘Beyond the Forms of Faith?’ Tennyson and the Broad Church

Kirstie Blair

in Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199644506
eISBN:
9780191741593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644506.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Poetry

This chapter discusses Tennyson, but, like Chapter 4, also reads his work as representative of a particular branch of Victorian Christianity. In Tennyson’s case, In Memoriam was widely read as a ... More


THE RECORDED VOICE FROM VICTORIAN AURA TO MODERNIST ECHO

John M. Picker

in Victorian Soundscapes

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195151916
eISBN:
9780199787944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151916.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter argues that while moderns used the gramophone to represent their concerns over the disintegration of artistic “aura” in an age of mechanical reproduction, Victorians used the phonograph ... More


Paradise Mislaid: How We Lost Heaven and How We Can Regain It

Jeffrey Burton Russell

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195334586
eISBN:
9780199851423
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195334586.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The Christian concept of heaven flourished for almost two millennia, but it has lost much of its power in the last 100 years. Indeed today, even theologians tend to avoid the topic. This book sets ... More


Science

Paul Turner

in Victorian Poetry, Drama and Miscellaneous Prose 1832–1890

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122395
eISBN:
9780191671401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122395.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

‘Have not many sciences such as Astronomy or Geology a side of feeling which is poetry?’ So asked Benjamin Jowett in 1858, and in 1889 Alfred Tennyson reported that those two ‘terrible Muses’ had ... More


Virgil and the British Empire, 1760–1880

Phiroze Vasunia

in Lineages of Empire: The Historical Roots of British Imperial Thought

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264393
eISBN:
9780191734571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264393.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter reflects on the readings and uses of Virgil in British imperial contexts during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The British interest in Virgil heightened during the middle of ... More


Tennyson

Paul Turner

in Victorian Poetry, Drama and Miscellaneous Prose 1832–1890

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122395
eISBN:
9780191671401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122395.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Gerard Manley Hopkins, after reading Enoch Arden, had begun to doubt Alfred Tennyson. He had previously thought of Tennyson as always new, touching, beyond other poets, not pressed with human ... More


The Pre-Raphaelites

Paul Turner

in Victorian Poetry, Drama and Miscellaneous Prose 1832–1890

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122395
eISBN:
9780191671401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122395.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter explores the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB) in 1848 including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, William Morris, and Algernon Charles Swinburne. Dante Gabriel Rossetti wanted ... More


The Active Universe: Arnold and Tennyson

Stephen Gill

in Wordsworth and the Victorians

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119654
eISBN:
9780191671180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119654.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter deals with William Wordsworth's impact on two other English poets Mathew Arnold and Alfred Tennyson. Like many other Victorian who looked to Wordsworth's poetry for succor at a time of ... More


Starting Again: One of the Problems of the Biographer

ANN THWAITE

in The Art of Literary Biography

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182894
eISBN:
9780191673917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter attempts to focus on the biography of Emily Tennyson, the poet's wife. A question mark slipped into the original subtitle of the chapter: ‘Starting again — one of the problems of the ... More


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