Unformatted text preview: Here they would talk about “philosophical issues of the day” (Altick 234). The poet Tennyson said “spent ten years trying to define metaphysics—and failed” (Altick 234). The Victorian need for faith outshone their ancestors, because faith was harder to point out. During this age the Catholic Church held the First Vatican Council in 1869, and Swinburne wrote a “Hymn of Man.” Some replaced God by man. Altick’s last words in Chapter 6 are “Their descendants’ tragedy is that they have lost faith even in man” (Altick 237). This is an interesting way for Altick to end the discussion on other beliefs during the Victorian period. Perhaps he mean that future generations have lost faith even in themselves....
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course RHET 102 taught by Professor Deis during the Spring '08 term at Hampden-Sydney.
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