A paper heart and memorial transcript from the Arthur Henry Hallam papers

Manuscript/Ephemera

Description

English

This poignant paper heart, possibly used as a marker, was cut out and kept with the family papers of Arthur Henry Hallam. Hallam's sudden death at the age of 22 prompted his close friend Alfred Lord Tennyson to compose one of the greatest works of the Victorian age, In Memoriam A.H.H.. Also included is a transcript of Hallam's memorial notice.

Full title
The papers of Arthur Henry Hallam
Created
n.d.; estimated 1835 [transcript]
Format
Manuscript / Ephemera
Creator
Family of Arthur Henry Hallam
Held by
British Library
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Add MS 81296

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An introduction to In Memoriam A.H.H.

Article by
Holly Furneaux
Theme: 
Victorian poetry

Tennyson wrote In Memoriam A.H.H. as a tribute to his beloved friend Arthur Henry Hallam, who died aged 22. Dr Holly Furneaux explores how the poem uses individual bereavement to grapple with broader questions of faith, meaning and nature.

Tennyson’s rise and fall

Article by
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Theme: 
Victorian poetry

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In Memoriam A.H.H.: composition and reception

Article by
Stephanie Forward
Theme: 
Victorian poetry

In Memoriam A.H.H., a tribute to Tennyson’s beloved friend Arthur Henry Hallam, was a defining poem of the Victorian period. Dr Stephanie Forward explores Tennyson’s composition process, and considers how the poem was received during Tennyson’s lifetime and into the 20th century.

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