Note 20 to the Introduction 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.
G. Robert Stange uses this fine term in relation to "Demeter and Persephone" (Stange, p. 80). It has, I think, general application to his poetry.
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