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Tennyson and Matthew Arnold.

Author: Oliver Elton
Publisher: New York, Haskell House, 1971.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Elton, Oliver, 1861-1945.
Tennyson and Matthew Arnold.
New York, Haskell House, 1971
(OCoLC)580601175
Named Person: Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Baron; Matthew Arnold; Matthew Arnold; Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Baron
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Oliver Elton
ISBN: 0838313051 9780838313053
OCLC Number: 196366
Notes: Reprint of the 1924 ed., consisting of revised chapters from the author's Survey of English literature, 1830-1880.
Description: vi, 96 pages 23 cm
Contents: TENNYSON --
I. Alfred Tennyson the 'true heir'; position of poetry at the time --
development as an artist up to 1842; instinct to 'pack' his material --
various species of simplicity --
II. Sketch of his career as a poet --
place therein of the Poems of 1842; the central years, 1850, In Memoriam; Tennyson's masterpiece Maud --
Volume of Enoch Arden, etc. --
Later works; freshness in old age --
record of his reputation --
III. The antique: Hellenic poems; the dramatic monologue, Ulysses, Tiresias, etc.; Lucretius --
Lyrics on classical subjects; Lines to Virgil; metrical experiments --
IV. The English idyll: origins; medley of styles for which blank verse is used; the minimum style --
Enoch Arden and The Princess --
V. Speculative verse, from The two voices to the ancient sage --
New mastery of philosophical poetry --
In Memoriam: in arrangement and composition, compared with Shakespeare's Sonnets; course of thought in the poem; effect of the metre and its varieties --
VI. Tennyson's position in the religious speculation of his time; 'right centre' --
States of vision; 'the nameless'; The ancient sage --
VII. Dramatic monologues: Lucretius --
Maud, its construction, hero, and finale VIII. Arthuriad: Morte d'Arthur --
Idylls of the king; Malory overlaid with symbolism and ornament --
Order of production; embarrassments --
Tennyson and Morris --
allegory and mysticism --
IX. Lyric; sixty years of production --
pace of the lyrics --
natural and elaborated song --
X. Dramas; history plays and romantic plays --
XI. Management of words; use of the kenning; observation underlying the felicities --
blank verse --
Tennyson's general position --
XII. Charles Tennyson (Turner) ; sonnets, themes --
Frederick Tennyson MATTHEW ARNOLD --
I. Formative influences: Goethe, the Greeks, Wordsworth, the Bible, etc. --
II. Revolt against romanticism --
his purpose, its advantages and penalties; attitude to 'beauty'; formulae --
III. Links between his poetry and his criticism --
heroic and dramatic pieces: sohrab and Rustum; Empedocles on Etna --
IV. Elegiacs; 'associative' poems; lyrics; sonnets --
V. Felicity of nature; his English scenery, and Tennyson's --
VI. State of criticism, 1830-1850 --
Keble; Brimley --
VII. Matthew Arnold's critical canons; need of design in poetry ; the test applied --
the 'grand style' --
Lectures on translating Homer; the question of metre; Sir S. Ferguson quoted --
Use of test passages, its drawback --
VIII. 'Criticism of life' --
Celtic literature --
First series of Essays in criticism; federal ideal of literature --
IX. Other criticisms; on Shelley; on Sainte-Beuve --
X. Religious writings: formulae, method, and standpoint --
social and educational works --
XI. Summary.

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