Note 5 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.
Tennyson was perhaps least in sympathy with the genre of romance. According to Edward Fitzgerald, "There are very fine things in it, but all strung together without art" (Memoir, 1: 194).
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