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Tennyson's RaptureTransformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue$
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Cornelia D. J. Pearsall

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195150544

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150544.001.0001

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Tennyson’s Apotheosis

Tennyson's Rapture

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The conclusion recounts the 1883 voyage of the Pembroke Castle embarked upon by William Gladstone and Tennyson, as well as Punch’s satirical take on the event. The voyage provided an opportunity for both men to reflect on the differing natures of oratory and poetry, as well as on the possibility of their own immortality through everlasting fame, themes addressed in Tennyson’s “Parnassus.” The conclusion also recounts Tennyson’s funeral, the poet’s final performance of rapture.

Keywords:   1883 voyage, Pembroke Castle, William Gladstone, Punch, Parnassus, Tennyson’s funeral

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