On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre
Edited By Gerry Canavan
7. Liberalism Mutes the Anticipation: The Space-Binding Machines
Bring out number, weight and measurein a year of dearth.
0. After experiencing the first railroad from Liverpool to Manchester, and either thinking that the train ran in grooves or being dazzled by the seemingly absolute stability and preordained course of wheels on rails, Alfred Tennyson incorporated this new industrial imagery into some significant contrasts in Locksley Hall:
…Summer isles of Eden lying in dark-purple spheres of sea.
There methinks would be enjoyment more than in this
march of mind,
In the steamship, in the railway, in the thoughts that shake
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