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He is now, with all his wonderful gifts the most wretched man I ever saw. I said that he has a weak moral sense, but his English friends say that he has none at all. Here I don’t agree with them, and moreover I don’t think they quite understand his nature and therefore can’t be of much service. One thing is certain— his aberration of ideas is horrible. He told me some things, unspeakably shocking, which he had omitted from his last volume. I very freely expressed my opinion and he took it with a gentle sort of wonder!

96 He trained his guns on two recurring general criticisms. With regard to the charge of bookishness, he affirmed that books are a valid source of inspiration, whatever they may be to ‘the halfbrained creature to whom books are other than living things’. Of the notion that his poems eclipse or sacrifice thought, he declared that ‘except to such ears as should always be closed against poetry, there is no music in verse which has not sufficient fullness and ripeness of meaning, sufficient adequacy of emotion or of thought, to abide the analysis of any other than the blind scrutiny of prepossession or the squint-eyed inspection of malignity’.

77. 78. 79. 80. 81. 82. 83. 84. 85. 86. 87. 88. 89. 90. 91. 92. 93. Chesterton, pointed out, the resemblances between the two writers are largely due to their being exposed to similar influences and experiences—a matter not of ‘seed’ but of ‘soil and climate’. The unsigned article by Hayward on ‘Byron and Tennyson’ appeared in Quarterly Review, October 1871, cxxxi, 354–92; the article on Swinburne, Morris, and Rossetti, reviewing Songs before Sunrise, written, according to The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals (ed.

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