"The Globe we groan in": Astronomical Distance and Stellar Decay in In Memoriam

@article{Henchman2003TheGW,
  title={"The Globe we groan in": Astronomical Distance and Stellar Decay in In Memoriam},
  author={Anna Henchman},
  journal={Victorian Poetry},
  year={2003},
  volume={41},
  pages={29 - 45}
}
TENNYSON SCHOLARSHIP HAS YET TO ACCOUNT FOR THE IMPORTANT CONNECtions between the poet's lifelong preoccupation with astronomy and his larger poetic project. Astronomy fascinated Tennyson for its own sake, and also, I will argue, because it exposed a particular set of intellectual problems. (1) Tennyson's tutor at Cambridge (1828-1831) was the natural theologian William Whewell, who went on to write the 1833 Bridgewater Treatise On Astronomy and General Physics. Throughout the 1830s and 1840s… Expand
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