Definitions

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  • adj. Characteristic of the style of Alfred Tennyson.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Alfred (Lord) Tennyson, the English poet (1809-92); resembling, or having some of the characteristics of, his poetry, as simplicity, pictorial quality, sensuousness, etc.

Etymologies

From Alfred Tennyson, a 19th-century English poet. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But it is Frank O'Connor's Edwardian tone, "Tennysonian" as Donoghue describes it ” either way an offense to the tone of the original ” that makes his versions unuseable, despite the great help he had from the Irish scholar David Greene.

    New Oxford Irish

  • She had never been tormented by womanhood, and she had lived in a dreamland of Tennysonian poesy, dense even to the full significance of that delicate master's delicate allusions to the grossnesses that intrude upon the relations of queens and knights.

    Chapter 14

  • With Tennysonian phonemics epitomized by example in this same stanza, the "silent-speaking words" of text, in this case the letters of the dead, give virtual voice to silence rather than merely speaking from it.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • Such are aural resources that a Tennysonian syllabic ironist like Dickens can elsewhere mobilize, and in the context of epochal dissonance rather than the restorative harmony of Little Dorrit, when, in describing the roar of a locomotive in Dombey and

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • I've been trying to think of a suitable Tennysonian response to your general challenge - I'll look up some more later but for now I think I'll go with Ulysses because he talks about being older: though

    Reading Tennyson and why I am coming for Revenge

  • Or, if you're feeling especially Tennysonian, Lotos-Blossoms!

    November 2006

  • While privileging the epistemological preference for the fundamental over the particular, he takes a dig at the inductive approach by citing a Tennysonian line.

    Pilate's poser and Tennyson's flower

  • So he begins, and so continuing for some time leads us up to the pronouncement that “Tennyson was not Tennysonian.”

    The Death of the Moth, and other essays

  • When pedants like Bentley and Munro object that the phrase is unsuitable to its context, of what avail is it to be assured by persons of taste — that is to say per-sons of British taste, Victorian taste, sub-Tennysonian taste — that these are exquisite lines?

    On 'The Invention of Love': Another Exchange

  • Hasn't even the Tennysonian comfort of saying "someone" has blundered.

    Gravity's Rainbow

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