Note 10 to Chapter 4 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 in relation to "Come down, O maid" by Valerie Pitt. James Kissane provides an interesting reading of the issue of sexuality in the entire poem; see pp. 94 - 99.
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