Carlyle and Tennyson by Michael Timko (auth.)

By Michael Timko (auth.)

This research of Caryle and Tennyson explores their mutual impression and the influence of every on his personal time. the writer analyzes the categorical Carlylean rules (social, political, spiritual, aesthetic) and examines the ways that Tennyson resisted and reworked those principles and their impact.

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The earth they stand on is Bottomless; the vault of their sky is Infinitude; the Life-Time is encompassed with Eternity. 0 wonder! And they buy cattle or seats in Parliament, and drink coarser or finer fermented liquors, as if all this were a City that had foundations. (1830, p. 164. Cf. ; Sartor, Bk. I, ch. 3) The cumulative effect of these entries is great, largely because of Carlyle's own sense of discovery. He has truly 'seized' some opinions and sincerely wants to see if they work for him as they seem to have worked for others.

7). The second occurs when Carlyle is describing his last moments: In death, I think, he has neither fear nor hope. Atheism, truly, he never could abide: to him, as to all of us, it was flatly inconceivable that intellect, moral emotion, could have been put into him by an Entity that had none of its own. But there, pretty much, his Theism seems to have stopped. Instinctively, too, he believed, no man more firmly, that Right alone has ultimately any strength in this world: ultimately, yes;-but for him and his poor brief interests, what good was it?

There are some ten pages of that', he states, 'which, if ambition had been my only rule, I would rather have written, been able to write, than have written all the books that have appeared since I came into the world [Cheers]. ' He goes on to talk of the 'three reverences' and concludes by praising the meaning of them, especially the last: 'to learn to recognise in pain, in sorrow and contradiction, even in those things, odious to flesh and blood, what divine meanings are in them; to learn that there lies in these also, and more than in any of the preceding, a priceless blessing.

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