Tennyson’s Poetry of Departure and the Heart

By |2019-12-21T00:40:15-06:00December 20th, 2019|Categories: Alfred Tennyson, Imagination, Literature, Philosophy, Poetry|

It is in the products of great art that we encounter our condition as human beings as metaxic: in between. We come from non-existence and journey to our departure from this existence; the “middle” can seem to be all there is whilst we are in the midst of things. Yet we possess that constant eagerness [...]

Memory, Love, and Eternity in Tennyson’s “In Memoriam”

By |2019-11-15T23:50:30-06:00November 15th, 2019|Categories: Alfred Tennyson, Imagination, Literature, Love, Paul Krause, Poetry, Senior Contributors|

Tennyson’s “In Memoriam” wrestles with the death of the poet’s closest friend, a death that pushed Tennyson into a bout of depression and an immense wallowing sorrow. But the poem is also an attempt to draw near the transformative power of love—a love that turns the cold and bleak midwinter into the high noon of [...]

“Thoughts That Wound From Behind”: Great Books & the Power of Allusion

By |2020-06-10T00:22:34-05:00July 30th, 2019|Categories: Alfred Tennyson, Dante, Great Books, Literature, Morality, Poetry|

One value of reading truly great works of literature, works that have stood the test of time for decades or even centuries, is the opportunity such reading affords for exploring the tradition that has since built up around them. Any such truly great work—the Iliad, the Aeneid, Paradise Lost, Shakespeare’s Hamlet—will have accrued innumerable allusions [...]

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