Note 9 to Chapter 7 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.
These very last poems and those of the decade of the 1880s are defended very ably by Francis Golffing, who makes a case for Tennyson as a genuine seer, bridging cultural barriers with a poetry that is "frankly naturalistic, this-worldly." Also see Sir Charles Tennyson, "Tennyson: Mind and Method".
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