Note 1 to Chapter 3 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.
This point is made most directly by Bert G. Hornback. It is also implied by T.J. Assad ("an impression of man's resiliency which enables him to absorb the shocks of life" ,p. 80) and by Clyde deL. Ryals (the tone of the ending, he says, is almost matter-of-fact), p. 107.
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