"A lordly pleasure-house" — a note to Tennyson's "The Palace of Art"

George P. Landow, Professor of English and the History of Art, Brown University

Christopher Ricks's invaluable introduction (400) to his edition lists a wide range of sources, including Ecclesiastes ii 1-17, Luke xii 19-20, Herbert's "The World" ("Love built a stately house"), and Shelley's "Queen Mab." He also quotes the poet hismelf who related that Richard Chevenix Trench told him when they were students at Cambridge, "Tennyson, we cannot live in art."

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Tennyson, Alfred. The Poems. Ed. Christopher Ricks. (Longmans Annotated Poets Series) London: Longmans, 1969.

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