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By James W. Hood

This research examines Tennyson's portrayals of the erotic and inventive impulses, analyzing the poet's ubiquitous lover-artists as tropes that determine the need for transcending the nation of being human, a situation of non-public fragmentation and restricted wisdom. Ostensibly looking to satisfy erotic needs, build utopias, or create grand creative works, Tennyson's characters interact in a essentially religious quest, craving to divine hope: to eternalize the fulfilment in their private needs. Freud published how Victorians sublimated sexual hope into non secular impulse. This booklet demonstrates, besides the fact that, the extraordinary method during which Tennyson's poems transact the opposing projection, transfiguring religious wish into erotic artwork. Brilliantly negotiating a center floor among clinical skepticism and reactionary religiosity, his greatly renowned poems recommend that fulfilment of "the want too robust for phrases to call" lies in a sacramentality: purely as skill do artwork and eros let shipping past fragmentation. At a deep point, the poems finish that language itself agents transcendence via its very brokenness.

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