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Bayard Taylor, in giving an account of an interview he had with the English poet laureate, says: ‘ In form and voice, Tennyson is a thorough Englishman; in features, complexion and hair, a mediseval Italian. His presence impresses you with a singular, mixture of northern force and southern fire. He is fully six feet high, bread shouldered and large limbed, yet with black hair and eyes, a pale olive complexion, full lips, and a black beard and moustache. --Power is expressed in every feature. His voice is remarkably full and grand in tone, with a little of that monotony which betrays a mind withdrawn and absorbed in its own speculations. ’
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