terary society—in the days when Dickens and Thackeray were yet alive, and when Tennyson and Browning were in their prime, instead of waiting until the present period,sworth and G. P. R. James, and when one was gravely asked whether he preferred Tennyson to Sterling or Trench or Alford or Faber or Milnes.
It is to me one of the moe, I closed with an urgent appeal to young poets to lay down their Spenser and Tennyson, and look into life for themselves.
Prof. Edward T. Channing, then the highes, Ah!
that is a different thing.
I wish you to say what you think.
I regard Tennyson as a great calf, but you are entitled to your own opinion.
The oration met wi worthy professor; this comment affording certainly an excellent milestone for Tennyson's early reputation.
It is worth while to remember, also, that this theory of calfhood, like most of the early criticisms on Tennyson, had a certain foundation in the affectations and crudities of these first fruits, long since shed and ignor