W. David Shaw (essay date 1967)
SOURCE: "The Idealist's Dilemma in Idylls of the King," in Victorian Poetry, Vol. V, No. 1, Spring, 1967, pp. 41-53.
[In the essay that follows, Shaw discusses the ramifications of the idealist metaphysics that Tennyson outlines in the Idylls.]
Idylls of the King is one of Tennyson's most extensive and illuminating treatments of a problem that had long preoccupied him in poems like "The Two Voices," "The Ancient Sage," and parts of In Memoriam: how is the idealist to act on the...
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