Tennyson pp 177-185 | Cite as

A Conversation with Tennyson (1870)

  • William Knight
Part of the Interviews and Recollections book series (IR)


… Tennyson entered, and almost at once proposed that we should go out of doors. After a short stroll on the lawn under the cedars, we went into the ‘careless ordered garden’, walked round it, and then sat down in the small summer-house. It is a quaint rectangular garden, sloping to the west, where Nature and Art blend happily,—orchard trees, and old-fashioned flower-beds, with stately pines around, giving to it a sense of perfect rest. This garden is truly ‘a haunt of ancient peace’. Left there alone with the bard for some time, I felt that I sat in the presence of one of the Kings of Men. His aged look impressed me. There was the keen eagle eye; and, although the glow of youth was gone, the strength of age was in its place. The lines of his face were like the furrows in the stem of a wrinkled oak-tree; but his whole bearing disclosed a latent strength and nobility, a reserve of power, combined with a most courteous grace of manner I was also struck by the négligé air of the man, so different from that of Browning or Arnold or Lowell.


Darkness Light Latent Strength Orchard Tree Great Question Stately Pine 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 3.
    John Henry Newman (1801–90), influential writer who was converted to Roman Catholicism in 1845 and created Cardinal in 1879.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • William Knight

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations