Sinnett, A.P.
Tennyson An Occultist


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Tennyson An Occultist: As His Writings Prove

The world at large only learned by degrees to appreciate Tennyson’s poetry. It was rudely received at first, but gradually its beauty, its sympathy with human emotion, and, as time went on, its wide range and variety, taught us all to realise that a very great poet had taken birth amongst us. Its beauty throughout must appeal to all who have ears for the music of verse in union with intensity of feeling, and delicacy of expression. But some of us in recent years have been deeply impressed by unmistakable evidence in some of Tennyson’s earlier and many of his later poems, showing that he had already acquired a deep insight into superphysical science, that he must have been in conscious touch with Beings evolved far beyond the stage of progress reached by ordinary humanity, that he was, in fact, an Occultist in advance of his time.

To establish this by reference to veiled hints that the ordinary reader passes over, without understanding them, is the main purpose of the present little volume, and the interpretation that can now be applied to some verses that will be quoted, is so obviously the right one, that, in the familiar phrase, it will leap to the eyes of everyone acquainted with the growing body of knowledge relating to the mysteries of Nature that has accumulated on our hands in connexion with the progress of the Theosophical Movement.

Tennyson, An Occultist, A.P. Sinnett, Theosophical Publishing House, 1920

Hardback. Decimo. Brown cloth binding with gilded letters and ornament. Formerly belonging to the Theosophical Lending Library, Gloucester Place. Stamps to endpapers, copyright and title pages. A faint line in black pen is drawn horizontally on the page block. Otherwise unmarked. A tight copy.