Idylls of the King | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Herbert F. Tucker

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Idylls of the King.
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Critical Essay by Herbert F. Tucker

SOURCE: "The Epic Plight of Troth in Idylls of the King," in ELH, Vol. 58, No. 3, Fall, 1991, pp. 701-20.

In the following essay, Tucker finds that in the Idylls, Tennyson "did some of the most interesting ideological work of nineteenth-century epic by abdicating his own initiative in favor of the authority of legend."

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Epic poetry, we are told by a firmly consensual line of Romantic theorists from J. G. Herder to Northrop Frye, teaches a nation its traditions.1 Epic tells a culture-making story, which both embodies in the incidents it narrates, and enacts in its narrative practices, values that bind a people in a common identity. According to the vision of history that is privileged in epic, this identity originates with the event that grounds the plot: Rome founded, Jerusalem delivered, the fall...

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