Unity in Tennyson's poetry

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

Note 5 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.

See Carl Robinson Sonn and Jerome H. Buckley, p. 255. An extreme view is presented by John R. Reed, who argues that Tennyson developed a single moral design which "he exploited ... firm, and again" (p. 30). William Brashear sees unity springing from Tennyson's "awareness of doom"; see p. 60. The most recent assertion of unity is made by Ward Hellstrom, who claims that Tennyson "consistently endorsed the choice of life over death and involvement over isolation" (p. 4).

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