when we passed him in Regent Street, calling at publishers' offices for cheque, when 'Will you take care of it, or shall I?' I asked gaily, and she would be certain to reply, 'I'm thinking we'd better take it to the bank and get the money,' for she always felt surer of money than of cheques; so to the bank we went ('Two tens, and the rest in gold'), and thence straightway (by cab) to the place where you buy sealskin coats for middling old ladies.
I fancy Alfred Tennyson
spoke the truth about that as about many other things.
From Alfred Tennyson
, although in perfect sincerity I regard him as the noblest poet that ever lived, I have left myself time to cite only a very brief specimen.
For example, in 1890, in his reedy, wheezy voice, Alfred Tennyson
read from The Charge of the Light Brigade.
This is perhaps most curiously expressed in the 'failure' of his 'Poetical Topographical' project to illustrate 300 of Alfred Tennyson
's poetic lines.
Some years ago I visited the English department of a university in Pakistan and, on entering the chairman's office, the first thing that caught my eye was a large framed portrait of Alfred Tennyson
, hung conspicuously on the wall much as a foreign country's president's portrait hangs in an embassy.
Last year my survey included two books on Tennyson published in 2017, Leonee Ormond's The Reception of Alfred Tennyson
in Europe and Jim Cheshire's Tennyson and Mid-Victorian Publishing; I also noted Daniel Hack's Reaping Something New, which touches on African American responses to Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade" and The Princess.
As Alfred Tennyson
simply put it: Ring out the old, ring in the new Ring, happy bells, across the snow.
And plenty of Midlands men took part in the Charge of the Light Brigade, a catastrophe later glamourised by Alfred Tennyson
Highlighting the potent force of British writing in the nineteenth-century U.S., Schmidgall devotes a chapter each to connections between Whitman and William Shakespeare, John Milton, Robert Burns, William Blake, and William Wordsworth and then treats more briefly a group Whitman called other "big fellows": Walter Scott, Thomas Carlyle, Oscar Wilde, Algernon Swinburne, and Alfred Tennyson
. Like Harold Bloom, Schmidgall is ultimately interested in Whitman's "gymnast's struggle" with strong predecessors.
BORN ALFRED Tennyson
, Britsh poet, 1809 LUCILLE Ball, US actress, 1911 ANDY Warhol, US pop artist, 1928, above DIED BEN Jonson, English playwright, 1637 ROBIN Cook, UK politician, 2005, above RICK James, American musician, 2004
The list includes ''She Walks In Beauty'' by Lord Byron, 'How Do I Love Thee?'' by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, ''Maud'' by Lord Alfred Tennyson
, ''Bright Star'' by John Keats, ''Annabel Lee,'' by Edgar Allan Poe, ''I Carry Your Heart'' by e.