Arthur Henry Hallam Analysis

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In addition to his poetry, Arthur Henry Hallam (HAL-uhm) also wrote essays. Expository prose was probably more congenial to him than verse, and his most promising efforts were in that area.


Arthur Henry Hallam died at the age of twenty-two without having written any major poetry, yet he left behind unmistakable evidence of literary ability that, had he lived, might well have developed into lasting eminence (though probably in criticism rather than in poetry). While his verse displayed promise, none of his poems proved to be immortal; and his work does not appear in standard literary anthologies. For all its tantalizing possibility, Hallam’s surviving literary output has interest chiefly as a revelation of the mind and personality valued by Alfred, Lord Tennyson above all others. Besides their relevance to Tennyson, however, Hallam’s apprentice verses are still a minor literary achievement in their own right.


Brown, John. Arthur H. Hallam. Philadelphia: R. West, 1978. A basic biography dealing with the short life and works of Hallam.

Chandler, James. “Hallam, Tennyson, and the Poetry of Sensation: Aestheticist Allegories of a Counter-Public Sphere.” Studies in Romanticism 33, no. 4 (Winter, 1994): 527. An examination of late Romantic aestheticism in the works of Hallam and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Clausen, Christopher. “Arthur Henry Hallam and the Victorian Promise.” Sewanee Review 101, no. 3 (Summer, 1993): 375. A discussion of the differences between Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s In Memoriam and William Gladstone’s essay “Arthur Henry Hallam.”

Hallam, Arthur Henry. The Letters of Arthur Henry Hallam. Edited by Jack Kolb. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1981. This selection of Hallam’s voluminous correspondence includes many responses from personages such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson, his sister Emily, William Gladstone, and Richard Monckton Milnes. Kolb’s introduction argues for the importance of the correspondence as Hallam’s means “to keep pure and limpid,” in Hallam’s own words, “the source of all generous emotions.”

_______. The Poems of Arthur Henry Hallam. Edited by Richard Le Gallienne. London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1893....

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