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Tennyson and youth

Tennyson and youth

Morton, John S. ORCID: 0000-0002-9089-7450 (2009) Tennyson and youth. In: School of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Conference, 28 May 2009, University of Greenwich, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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This paper will examine the prominence of Alfred Tennyson's work in several textual accounts of youth penned between 1892 and the present day, by writers including T. S. Eliot, Virgina Woolf, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Kingsley Amis, J. M. Coetzee, William Faulkner and Andrew Motion. The young Woolf broke in her new pens by copying out Tennyson's 'Tithonus'; Eliot had a taste for Tennyson's 'martial and sanguinary poetry; as a young man. Kingsley Amis was singular among his contemporaries precisely because he admired the work of a poet considered outdated, and a reference for Modernist verse over that of Tennyson is seen as a sign of sophistication (however ironically presented) in the writings of people as diverse as Auden, Motion and Coetzee. [From the Author]

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alfred Tennyson, poetry, literary criticism
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > English Research Group
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