Critical Misunderstandings of Tristram of Lyonesse

Anthony H. Harrison, Professor of English, North Carolina State University


Note 3, Chapter 5, in the author's Swinburne's Medievalism: A Study in Victorian Love Poetry which Louisiana State University Press published in 1979. It has been included in the Victorian web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright.

For instances of critics who misread Tristram of Lyonesse as a traditional epic and then criticize its narrative failings, see T. Earle Welby, A Study of Swinburne (London, 1926), 217; Chew, Swinburne, 170; Humphrey Hare, Swinburne: A Biographical Approach (London, 1949),195; Lafourcade, Jeunesse, 292; and Nicolson, Swinburne, 179.

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