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Camelot in the Nineteenth Century: Arthurian Characters in the Poems of Tennyson, Arnold, Morris, and Swinburne
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Tennyson’s Idylls > Some clippings from “Camelot in the Nineteenth Century”

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Tennyson's reworking of Malory shows an important shift in moral emphasis. Malory allows many factors to dissolve Arthur's court, especially the knights' departure on the Grail Quest, but Tennyson's parallel account emphasizes a single moral failure, the sin of Lancelot and Guinevere, a love Malory did not condemn. For contemporary critics such as Thomas Carlyle, George Meredith, and Algernon Swinburne, such re workings failed to enhance the legends; still, these poems were popular with a public hungry for works about the Middle Ages. However, those who had read Malory generally preferred his more robust and passionate story.

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Inasmuch as Tennyson does not attempt to make Arthur's heritage definite, this is one of many instances when the poet makes his hero seem more a mythical than historical figure. Bellicent and Bedivere are unable to clarify details of Arthur's birth, but what ultimately persuades Leodogran to concede is a dream he has of a "phantom" king crowned in heaven.

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