The conclusion recounts the 1883 voyage of the Pembroke Castle embarked upon by William Gladstone and Tennyson, as well as Punch’s satirical take on the event. The voyage provided an opportunity for both men to reflect on the differing natures of oratory and poetry, as well as on the possibility of their own immortality through everlasting fame, themes addressed in Tennyson’s “Parnassus.” The conclusion also recounts Tennyson’s funeral, the poet’s final performance of rapture.
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