Tithon (1842) - Tithonus (1860)

James R. Kincaid, Aerol Arnold Professor of English, University of Southern California

Note 17 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.

I acknowledge that the 1842 version of the poem, entitled "Tithon," was really a shorter version of the famous "Tithonus" (published in 1860), which I am discussing here. I hope the reader will pardon the discrepancy on the grounds (1) that the essential ironic vision - if not the rhetoric - of both versions is the same, and (2) that the poem presents an interesting contrast to "Ulysses" and is thus conveniently treated here.

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