Unlike many evangelicals who remained deeply suspicious of art and literature, Tennyson obviously does not abandon art (and poetry) here but wants to save the Palace of Art for the masses — a major Victorian project to which John Ruskin, Matthew Arnold, and many others devoted their lives. Here, in 1832, Tennyson points to one of the main concerns of mid- and late-Victorian culture.
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Johnson, E. D. H. The Alien Vision of Victorian Poetry. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1952. [full text]
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