Critical Studies of The Tale of Balen

Anthony H. Harrison, Professor of English, North Carolina State University


Note 1, Chapter 7, of the author's Swinburne's Medievalism: A Study in Victorian Love Poetry, which Louisiana State University Press published in 1979. It has been included in the Victorian web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright.

The best discussions of the poem appear in Chew, Swinburne, 179-84; McGann, Swinburne, 258-68; Mcsweeney, Tennyson and Swinburne, 191-97; and Staines, "Swinburne's Arthurian World" 64-70. None of these treatments of the poem, however, is adequate to deal with its complexity and its diverse virtues.

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