By Leonee Ormond
Throughout his lengthy operating lifestyles, Tennyson used to be experimenting with new types and matters. broadly learn in various disciplines, he responsed to some of the personalities, occasions and discoveries of the Victorian age. nonetheless commonly considered as an apologist for the 'establishment', Tennyson used to be constantly an interloper. Scourged by means of reviewers, and haunted through his personal frightened disposition, Tennyson continued years of depression. even if the tide became in 1850 Tennyson remained a stern critic of his contemporaries.
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Whether sexually attracted or not, the two men were bound by a love that was deep, generous and remarkably unpossessive. They were, like their friends, Robert Monteith and Francis Garden, or Jack Kemble and William Donne, an acknowledged 'couple' among the Cambridge group. A vivid recollection of them is given by Tennyson's brother-inlaw, Edmund Lushington, in a note written just before his death in 1893. He recalled the occasion: 'when Arthur Hallam read in the College Chapel his essay which gained the first declamation prize.
And the reason is, that he fears to look such sympathies boldly in the face,- and will be- metaphysical. What all the human race see and feel, he seems to think cannot be poetical; he is not aware of the transcendant and eternal grandeur of commonplace and all-time truths, which are the staple of all poetry. 22 Wilson's ideal poet was William Wordsworth, whom he praises for drawing upon the truth of the objective world, 'the great poets put it into language which rather records than reveals, spiritualizing while it embodies'.
The more chronic abuses of the old electoral system were swept away, representation passed from the rotten boroughs (those with seats but few voters) to the new manufacturing centres, but universal suffrage remained only a distant ideal. In the years which followed, groups of radicals, including the Chartists, demanded more sweeping changes. In the House of Commons itself there were still the same faces, and MPs, whether Tory, Whig or Radical, continued to be drawn largely from the ranks of the aristocracy and the professions.