By Cornelia D. J. Pearsall

Within the wake of the demise of his pal Arthur Henry Hallam, the topic of In Memoriam, Alfred Tennyson wrote more than a few intricately hooked up poems, a lot of which function pivotal scenes of rapture, or being over excited. This e-book explores Tennyson's illustration of rapture as a thorough mechanism of transformation-theological, social, political, or personal-and as a determine for severe techniques in his personal poetics. The poet's fascination with transformation is figured officially within the style he's credited with inventing, the dramatic monologue. Tennyson's Rapture investigates the poet's formerly unrecognized intimacy with the theological hobbies in early Victorian Britain which are the said roots of up to date Pentacostalism, with its trust within the oncoming Rapture, and its formative relation to his poetic innovation. Tennyson's paintings recurs repeatedly besides to classical circumstances of rapture, of mortals being borne away via immortals. Pearsall develops unique readings of Tennyson's significant classical poems via targeted recognition to his profound highbrow investments in advances in philological scholarship and archeological exploration, together with urgent Victorian debates over even if Homer's raptured Troy was once a verifiable web site, or the province of the poet's mind's eye. Tennyson's charm to methods of non-public and social switch is sure to his major yet regularly neglected Whig ideological commitments, that are illuminated by way of Hallam's political and philosophical writings, and a half-century of interplay with William Gladstone. Pearsall exhibits the great engagement of probably apolitical monologues with the increase of democracy over the process Tennyson's lengthy occupation. delivering a brand new method of examining all Victorian dramatic monologues, this publication argues opposed to a serious culture that sees audio system as by accident self-revealing and unaware of the consequences in their speech. Tennyson's Rapture probes the advanced goals of those discursive performances, and indicates how the objectives of audio system for very important ameliorations in themselves and their situations will not be basically articulated in, yet attained via, the medium in their monologues.

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