Tennyson on the Romantic Poets
We talked of Byron and Wordsworth. ‘Of course,’ said Tennyson, ‘Byron’s merits are on the surface. This is not the case with Wordsworth. You must love Wordsworth ere he will seem worthy of your love. As a boy I was an enormous admirer of Byron, so much so that I got a surfeit of him, and now I cannot read him as I should like to do. I was fourteen when I heard of his death. It seemed an awful calamity; I remember I rushed out of doors, sat down by myself, shouted aloud, and wrote on the sandstone, “Byron is dead!” ’1
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