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Record 22030

Reading Experience:

Aubrey De Vere, on how he 'first made acquaintance with Alfred Tennyson's poetry': 'Lord Houghton, then Richard Monckton Milnes, a Cambridge friend of my eldest brother's, drove up to the door of our house at Curragh Chase one night in 1832 [...] He had brought with him the first number of a new magazine entitled The Englishman containing Arthur Hallam's essay on Tennyson's Poems, Chiefly Lyrical. The day on which I first took the slender volume into my hands was with me a memorable one. Arthur Hallam's essay had contrasted two different schools of modern poetry, calling one of these classes Poets of Reflection, and the other class Poets of Sensation, the latter represented by Shelley and Keats. Of Keats I knew nothing, and of Shelley very little; but the new poet seemed to me, while he had a touch of both the classes thus characterized, to have little in common with either. He was eminently original, and about that originality there was for me a wild, inexplicable magic and a deep pathos [goes on to discuss further]'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1832 and 31 Dec 1832
Country: Ireland
Time: n/a
Place: county: Limerick
specific address: Curragh Chase
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Aubrey De Vere
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1814
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Ireland
Country of experience: Ireland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Arthur Hallam
Title: Essay on Alfred Tennyson's Poems, Chiefly Lyrical
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: In The Englishman (1832)
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 22030  
Source - Print  
  Author: Hallam Tennyson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1897
  Vol: 1
  Page: 502
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Hallam Tennyson, Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son (London, 1897), 1, p. 502,, accessed: 08 June 2023

Additional comments:

Text read presumably contained extracts from Tennyson's poems.



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