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Tennyson's Revisions of "In Memoriam"

Susan Shatto
Victorian Poetry
Vol. 16, No. 4 (Winter, 1978), pp. 341-356
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40002065
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Abstract

Most of Tennyson's manuscript drafts of the sections of "In Memoriam" no longer survive. But the information in the available manuscripts about his methods of composition and of revision can be supplemented by examining the revisions he made in the "Trial issue" and in the editions of the poem published during his lifetime. On the basis of these two kinds of evidence, a number of conclusions can be drawn about the major types of revisions Tennyson made. The most significant tendency is his rendering the allusions to himself and to Hallam more impersonal and objective. Aspects of his literary sensitivity and artistry emerge from an examination of those substantially revised sections of which manuscripts survive: XXXI, XXXII, LIX, CXXIII, CXXIV, CXXVIII, and CXXX.

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