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This was the beginning of European colonization of the interior of Africa.
There were legends of a great civilization in what is now Mali. Tennyson's father urged him to enter, writing "You're doing nothing at the university; you might at least get the English poem prize." Tennyson reworked a poem which he had written at age 15 ("Armageddon") to meet the subject requirement.
Thy sense is clogg'd with dull mortality, Thy spirit fetter'd with the bond of clay: Open thine eyes and see.' I felt my soul grow mighty, and my Spirit With supernatural excitation bound Within me, and my mental eye grew large With such a vast circumference of thought, That in my vanity I seem'd to stand Upon the outward verge and bound alone Of full beatitude.
As with a momentary flash of light Grew thrillingly distinct and keen.
Where are the infinite ways, which, Seraph-trod, Wound thro' your great Elysian solitudes, Whose lowest deeps were, as with visible love, Fill'd with Divine effulgence, circumfus'd, Flowing between the clear and polish'd stems, And ever circling round their emerald cones In coronals and glories, such as gird The unfading foreheads of the Saints in Heaven?
For nothing visible, they say, had birth In that blest ground but it was play'd about With its peculiar glory.
Whether or not we share Tennyson's optimism about the ultimate triumph of human wisdom, goodness, and science, we have all built castles in the air.
Tennyson would write much better verse as an adult. I stood upon the Mountain which o'erlooks The narrow seas, whose rapid interval Parts Africa from green Europe, when the Sun Had fall'n below th' Atlantick, and above The silent Heavens were blench'd with faery light, Uncertain whether faery light or cloud, Flowing Southward, and the chasms of deep, deep blue Slumber'd unfathomable, and the stars Were flooded over with clear glory and pale.
And much I mus'd on legends quaint and old Which whilome won the hearts of all on Earth Toward their brightness, ev'n as flame draws air; But had their being in the heart of Man As air is th' life of flame: and thou wert then A center'd glory-circled Memory, Divinest Atalantis, whom the waves Have buried deep, and thou of later name Imperial Eldorado roof'd with gold; Shadows to which, despite all shocks of Change, All on-set of capricious Accident, Men clung with yearning Hope which would not die.
As when in some great City where the walls Shake, and the streets with ghastly faces throng'd Do utter forth a subterranean voice, Among the inner columns far retir'd At midnight, in the lone Acropolis, Before the awful Genius of the place Kneels the pale Priestess in deep faith, the while Above her head the weak lamp dips and winks Unto the fearful summoning without: Nathless she ever clasps the marble knees, Bathes the cold hand with tears, and gazeth on Those eyes which wear no light but that wherewith Her phantasy informs them. Where are your moonlight halls, your cedarn glooms, The blossoming abysses of your hills?
Your flowering Capes, and your gold-sanded bays Blown round with happy airs of odorous winds?
My voice and cried, 'Wide Afric, doth thy Sun Lighten, thy hills enfold a City as fair As those which starr'd the night o' the elder World?
Or is the rumour of thy Timbuctoo A dream as frail as those of ancient Time?