Laureate's Return

A SELECTION FROM THE POEMS OF ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON—W. H. Auden —Doubleday, Doran ($3).

Soon after Victorian England's great Poet Laureate died in 1892, the younger generation began discrediting his work. 'I felt a wave of shame," admitted Critic Harold Nicolson, "at having ever admired anything so smug and insincere. . . ." In the giddy 1920s scarcely any of the brilliant young critics or poets doubted that Alfred, Lord Tennyson was The Forgotten Poet, and deservedly so.

Then the wheel spun round again, and the darling of the Victorians began coming back into favor. "We...

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