Note 4 to Chapter 2 of the author's Tennyson's Major Poems, which Yale University Press published in 1975. It has been included in the Victorian Web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright.
Some of the most important poems originally published in the 1832 volumr - 'The Lady of Shalott," "Oenone," "The palace of Art," and "The Lotos-Eaters" are discussed not here but in the next chapter. Roughly half of the Poems of 1842 is made up of Poems reprinted from the 1830 and 1832 volumes, sometimes with very extensive and crucial revisions. Where such revisions seem to me to make basic changes in the poem's structure, theme, or especially genre, I have treated it along with the 1842 poems; where the revisions seem less important, I have left the poem in its original position. I acknowledge that such decisions are, arbitrary; I hope they are reasonable.
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