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Record 22640

Reading Experience:

From Frederick Locker-Lampson's recollections of Tennyson: 'I have an old commonplace book, into which [...] I had copied an epigram by Thomas Hood. It runs as follows: '"A joke. 'What is a modern poet's fate? To write his thoughts upon a slate; The critic spits on what is done, [italics]Gives it a wipe[end italics] -- and all is gone.' "'T. HOOD." 'This quatrain amused Tennyson, and he said: "It is a good joke, and now I'll write you a grave [italics]truth[end italics]." Which he did as follows, adding the words "a joke" by the side of Hood's lines. '[quotes] A truth. While I live, the owls! When I die, the GHOULS!!!'
Century: 1800-1849, 1850-1899
Date: unknown
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Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:Frederick Locker-Lampson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Unknown/NA
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Thomas Hood
Title: epigram
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 22640  
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: 2
  Page: 74
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Hallam Tennyson, Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son (London, 1897), 2, p. 74,, accessed: 20 January 2022

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