London & New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1986, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: At his greatest, Tennyson was a supreme craftsman, a master of verse form in whose poems the authority of form, as distinct from intellectual content, is unusually marked. Such poetry needs skilled analysis if its subtlety is to be appreciated.
This book gives the poetry the detailed critical treatment which it merits, presenting an effective commentary on its successes and failures. Professor Alastair Thomson follows Tennysons development from the juvenilia to Merlin and the Gleam, concentrating on the major achievements (the 1842 poems, In Memoriam, Maud, Idylls of the King), but showing how some of the less valued poems deserve our attention. The final chapter, which includes valuable analyses of the late poems, demonstrates how, despite Tennysons deepening gloom, what is described as some principle of sober and tender acceptance is often at work in the poems.
Tennyson is not the least complex of English poets. The range and complexity of his form is well served by this close study.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a very small nick to the top of the lower panel. Previous owners’ gift inscription to the first blank.
[X] 278 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5½”.