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Idylls of the King and a Selection of Poems by Alfred Tennyson
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May 31, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: poetry, arthurian, based-on-myth-saga-etc, classics
Read from May 24 to 31, 2011

You pretty much can't avoid reading Idylls of the King, if you're going to study Arthuriana, and I'd already read some of it, here and there. But I decided to finally sit my way down and work through them from the beginning. Tennyson's poetry is wonderful, though of course very formal (to the modern reader, at least). His treatment of female characters (is there a truly positive female character in his work?) is troubling, but the quality of the writing and the love he had for his vision of Camelot shines through.

He doesn't seem to like Gawain much, which, boo.

This collection also includes some of his poetry, and an introduction to the Idylls by Glenn Everett.
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