Alfred Tennyson

Alfred Tennyson

by Andrew Lang
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Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

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There are, doubtless, instances in which a phrase is unconsciously reproduced by automatic memory, from an English poet. But I am less inclined than Mr Bradley to think that unconscious reminiscence is more common in Tennyson than in the poets generally. I have not closely examined Keats and Shelley, for example, to see how far they were influenced by unconscious memory. But Scott, confessedly, was apt to reproduce the phrases of others, and once unwittingly borrowed from a poem by the valet of one of his friends! I believe that many of the alleged borrowings in Tennyson are either no true parallels at all or are the unavoidable coincidences of expression which must inevitably occur. The poet himself stated, in a lively phrase, his opinion of the hunters after parallels, and I confess that I am much of his mind. They often remind me of Mr Punch's parody on an unfriendly review of Alex...

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BN ID: 2940014155007
Publisher: Sheba Blake Publishing
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 141 KB

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