The Growth of the Idylls of the King

The Growth of the Idylls of the King

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The Growth of the Idylls of the King

The Growth of the Idylls of the King

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When our poet, holding in his hand a flower plucked from the crannied wall, cries, if he could understand it "root and all" he would then know what God and man is, he is affirming poetically that the process and the law of the mystery of growth is the key to the secret of the universe. He said well, therefore, who said that only when we understand the conditions under which a truth or a poem arose, or a political or philosophical system came to be, do we in reality understand what that is which has come to be. Or, as Professor Kuno Fischer has said, "To understand this poem ['Faust'] we must first of all understand its origin."

The subject-matter of the " Idylls of the King" grew and the poem itself grew,—the subject-matter during many hundred years, the poem during a half‐ century.This volume is a discussion of the growth of Lord Tennyson's version of the Arthur legend,— a version which may prove to be the classic English version of poetic material which has entered so largely into the literature of all European nations.

The effect of reflection upon the extent of this poetic material, these wide-spread legends, this stream of international poetry, is a disregard of the criticism that Lord Tennyson's ideal knight and . . .

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