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Book Review: Deborah Lutz, Relics of Death in Victorian Literature and Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Abstract:

When Merlin falls prey to Vivien’s enchanting songs in Idylls of the King, infatuation leads to entrapment, and the power of song within the poem darkens. It is at this point in Merlin and Vivien that Tennyson likens rhyme to relics:


this rhyme

Is like the fair pearl-necklace of the Queen,

That burst in dancing, and the pearls were split;

Some lost, some stolen, some as relics kept. [...]

It lives dispersedly in many hands,

And every minstre...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
English Faculty
Oxford college:
Christ Church
Publisher:
Tennyson Society Publisher's website
Journal:
Tennyson Research Bulletin Journal website
Publication date:
2016-11-01
Acceptance date:
2016-09-14
Pubs id:
pubs:734855
URN:
uri:e6f292c6-45d0-4219-a0ab-5e24253ed8e2
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uuid:e6f292c6-45d0-4219-a0ab-5e24253ed8e2
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