Idylls of the King | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by David Staines

This literature criticism consists of approximately 54 pages of analysis & critique of Idylls of the King.
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Critical Essay by David Staines

SOURCE: "1869: The Holy Grail: The Coming of Arthur,' 'The Holy Grail,' 'Pelleas and Ettarre,' 'The Passing of Arthur'," in Tennyson's Camelot: The Idylls of the King and Its Medieval Sources, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1982, pp. 64-97.

In the following essay, Staines discusses Tennyson's struggle with the story of the Holy Grail and how it shapes the theme of the Idylls.

As to Macaulay's suggestion of the Sangreal, I doubt whether such a subject could be handled in these days, without incurring a charge of irreverence. It would be too much like playing with sacred things. The old writers believed in the Sangreal.1

Even before the publication of the 1859 volume, Tennyson was studying other stories in Malory as possible episodes for his Arthurian poem...

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