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Victorian literature, Scottish literature


This paper records two specific sources for Tennyson's poems "Tears, idle tears" and In Memoriam, both in James Macpherson's Ossian, identifies the edition of Ossian that Tennyson used, and discusses the significance of Ossian for Tennyson in late 1833 in the immediate aftermath of Arthur Hallam's death. The discussion of Tennyson is framed to fit the theme, "The Mysteries at Our Own Doors," at the 43rd Victorians Institute, Charlotte, NC, October 24, 2014.


Patrick Scott, "Barking Dogs and Deaf Ears: The Mysterious Unheeded Scottish Origin of Tennyson's In Memoriam," The Mysteries at Our Own Doors,43rd Victorians Institute, Charlotte, NC: (c) Patrick Scott, 2014.