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The national portrait gallery [plates, with descriptive letterpress]


The national portrait gallery [plates, with descriptive letterpress]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 Excerpt: ...of construction and of diction and of taste. There is even a sort of burlesque extravagance about it, as though a man of great ability had written an imitation prize poem for the fun of the thing. But there are touches of genuine poetry in it--sparks of the true fire. The majestic city and the angel are somewhat crude in conception and working, and there is something of a tumble towards the close of the poem, where the writer, descending from h«: poetic perch, explains the meaning of his vision, and gives a sort of raiaon d'etre for his angel. The poet began to do better work than this before long. In certain verses which are now suppressed, for some reason which is not readily discoverable from the poems themselves, there was genuine evidence of poetic vigour. The lines entitled 'Supposed Confessions of a Sensitive Mind,' have a power of expression which many older masters have sometimes failed to attain, and once or twice they rise to a simple grandeur of pathos which is very searching and fine. It is a matter for regret that the verses entitled 'Hero and Leander' have not been republished. It was in the poems given to the world in 1830 that, when just of age, Tennyson first gave proof of the matter which lay within him. The little volume in which they appeared was called 'Poems: chiefly Lyrical.' It was not surprising that it should contain some crudities, and it was not unnatural that it should excite little notice. In some quarters it was read with great interest, and there were one or two people who were clear-sighted enough to see the real promise of future excellence that the small book conveyed. It contained one or two of the loveliest lyrics in the language. They have taken their place since then, and their beauty...
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