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In this extract we see Alfred Lord Tennyson interacting with a work of criticism on his own poetry. Throughout his career Tennyson found critics and reviewers particularly irksome. Here, to a rather comic effect, he has written 'not known to me', 'Nonsense!' and a large question mark next to several points in the critic's argument. It serves as a reminder of the fallibility of critics, and our own interpretation of literature.

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