Art and Life
Perhaps Tennyson noted what W. J. Fox wrote in his 1831 review of Poems, Chiefly Lyrical, ‘A genuine poet has deep responsibilities to his country and the world, to the present and future generations, to earth and heaven’, and in this spirit wrote his prefatory sonnet ‘Mine be the strength of spirit’ to Poems, published at the end of 1832. The reference to town and tower, and the hope that he will win the wise suggest that he did, but the evidence is blurred and outweighed by the imagery. Several poems in the volume show that he heeded such advice, and its successes indicate considerable poetic advance.
KeywordsEvening Star Deep Responsibility Poetic Vision Manly Genuineness Victorian Conclusion
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