Bibliography of Willa Cather's Reading

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Total Number of Entries in Reading Bibliography: 1056

    Tennyson, Alfred, Lord

  1. Author: Tennyson, Alfred, Lord
    Title: "Locksley Hall"
    Date: 1842
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In "The Best Years," the phrase "far as human eye could see," appears twice. Once, when Miss Knighthly is riding through a "land that lay level as far as the eye could see" and once when James Ferguesson is defending his name for his farm: he is looking into the future, he tells his wife, "far as human eye could see." (l. 119)
    Note Source: The Old Beauty and Others 73, 103


  2. Author: Tennyson, Alfred, Lord
    Title: "The Passing of Arthur"
    Date: 1869
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In "Eric Hermannson's Soul," Margaret Elliot is said to belong to the new order that replaces the old: "'The old order changeth, yielding place to new...." (from Idylls of the King). In an 1894 Journal article,Cather quotes "The Passing of Arthur" (from Idylls of the King), II.408-410, in a defense of modern drama: "Old order changeth, yielding place to new/ And God fulfils Himself in many ways,/ Lest one good custom should corrupt the world." Cather reviewed "The Passing of Arthur" for the Nebraska State Journal in 1895.
    Note Source: Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 363; Journal 12/16/1894; Journal 1/20/1895


  3. Author: Tennyson, Alfred, Lord
    Title: "The Princess"
    Date: 1847
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In a 1901 Journal article, Cather misquotes Tennyson in her piece on North Pole exploration, writing, "Ah, dark and true and tender is the north!" In "Eric Hermannson's Soul," Eric is described much like "Tennyson's amorous Prince": "A prince I was, blue-eyed, and fair in face,/ Of temper amorous, as the first of May,/ With lengths of yellow ringlet, like a girl,/ For on my cradle shone the Northern star."
    Note Source: Journal 3/17/1901; Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 368


  4. Author: Tennyson, Alfred, Lord
    Title: "Ulysses"
    Date: 1842
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In an 1897 Courier article, Cather transcribes the lines quoted by explorer Fridtjof Nansen in a Pittsburgh address: "One equal temper of heroic hearts,/Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will/To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield." In "The Professor's Commencement," Emerson Graves wonders how many of his students who promised "to follow knowledge like a sinking star beyond the utmost bound of human thought" actually did so.
    Note Source: Courier 12/18/1897; Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 287


  5. Author: Tennyson, Alfred, Lord
    Title: Maud, and Other Poems
    Date: 1855
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In a 1900 Courier article Cather writes: "If Tennyson had gone everyday into his tulip bed and sent his tulip gardener in to work at Maud, I fancy neither Maud nor the tulips would have prospered." In My Antonia, the narrator says "They were handsome girls, had the fresh colour of their country upbringing, and in their eyes that brilliancy which is called--by no metaphor, alas!--'the light of youth.'" ("Maud" part 1, section 5, stanza 2, l. 4).
    Note Source: Courier 3/17/1900; My Antonia Book II, Chap. 7