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“Jerome Buckley’s Tennyson,” writes Douglas Bush, “has all the marks of becoming the standard work.” It combines “judicious critical discussion with biographical and historical materials that make one aware of the changing periods Tennyson lived through and his response to them.” This is the only book that relates a modern critical judgment of Tennyson’s art to an interpretation of his emotional and intellectual development.
Buckley discusses all of the poetry, from the earliest to the latest work. He is the first critic to make use of the great treasure of unpublished “Tennyson Papers,” entrusted to Harvard by Sir Charles Tennyson, and he draws valuable new biographical data from Sir Charles’ life of the poet, published in 1949.
The chronological framework of Buckley’s discussion permits him to study recurrent motifs in the poetry and to emphasize Tennyson’s developing sensibility and his consistent dedication to his craft. At the same time, he approaches each poem in terms of its intrinsic poetic value, rather than as an undiscriminated fragment of biography. His book, essential for students of Victorian culture, offers a sympathy and critical perception that re-affirms Tennyson’s place as one of our greatest poets.