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Tennyson, the Great Poet…

File:Alfred Tennyson with book, by Julia Margaret Cameron.jpg

Photography can drive home how quickly the world has changed since the photographic process was invented in the 1820s. It’s difficult for contemporary poets, for instance, to feel the reverence in which 19th-century poets were held as authors of some of the finest expressions of the human spirit. It’s true that the range of poetic voice has increased enormously over the last hundred years, and this has alienated many readers (and enriched many others)–RT is more inclined to blame the deterioration of academic disciplines other than science and mathematics for the current exile that poets everywhere are enduring.

This photograph by the eminent photographer Julia Margaret Cameron reminds us of poetry’s lost dignity.  Alfred, Lord Tennyson, along with other Victorians, has acquired a dry and dusty reputation (more than likely, RT suspects, because he indulged in lengthy, narrative poetry), but Tennyson is without doubt one of the great poets in the language. For proof, people should read Tennyson’s “Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal”, a passionate evocation of love.

The heart is eternal–and so is poetry.    RT


Photograph: Alfred, Lord Tennyson holding a book; Julia Margaret Cameron (1868); WikiCmns; Public Domain.


  1. mj
    February 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Excellent poem… just read it… Tennyson can still say it way better than any of the modern poets… 🙂

  1. October 7, 2013 at 5:32 am

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