Note 16 to chapter 8 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.
Priestley speaks of the three parts of the Idylls. He likens the poem to "the three acts of modern drama" (Priestley, p. 47).
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