Tennyson's Camelot: The Idylls of the King and Its Medieval Sources

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 1982 - 218 Seiten

As the principal narrative poem of nineteenth-century England, Tennyson's Idylls of the King is an ambitious and widely influential reworking of the Arthurian legends of the Middle Ages, which have provided a great body of myth and symbol to writers, painters, and composers for the past hundred years. Tennyson's treatment of these legends is now valued as a deeply significant oblique commentary on cultural decadence and the precarious balance of civilization.

Drawing upon published and unpublished materials, Tennyson's Camelot studies the Idylls of the King from the perspective of all its medieval sources. In noting the Arthurian literature Tennyson knew and paying special attention to the works that became central to his Arthurian creation, the volume reveals the poet's immense knowledge of the medieval legends and his varied approaches to his sources. The author follows the chronology of composition of the Idylls, allowing the reader to see Tennyson's evolving conception of his poem and his changing attitudes to the medieval accounts. The Idylls of the King stands, ultimately, as the poet's own Camelot, his legacy to his generation, an indictment of his society through a vindication of his idealism.

 

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Chapter 1 On the Road to Camelot
1
The Four Women Enid Vivien Elaine Guinevere
24
The Holy Grail The Coming of Arthur The Holy Grail Pelleas and Ettarre The Passing of Arthur
64
Autumn and Spring The Last Tournament Gareth and Lynette
98
Balin and Balan
134
Chapter 6 The Realm of Tennysons King
149
Alfred Tennyson and Victorian Arthuriana
156
Appendix 1 Morte dArthur
164
Appendix 2 Collinsons Somersetshire
175
Appendix 3 The Seduction of Merlin
177
Appendix 4 The Prose Drafts of the Idylls of the King
179
Bibliography
203
Index
215
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