Merlin's Relativism

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

Note 20 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.

Many critics so interpret Merlin's song. Williant Brashear, for instance, says the song expresses "the relativity of all objective truth, or knowledge about 'things' " (The Living Will,
p. 129).

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