Friday, April 9, 2010
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Tennyson wrote Idylls of the King over a period of more than fifty years. "The Passing of Arthur" was written shortly after the death of Hallam, and he would continue to write and edit the poem until its final publication in 1885. A lifetime fascination with the Arthurian legend, particularly as presented by Sir Thomas Malory, fostered the work. The work is infused with Victorian morals, which was Tennyson's attempt to modernize the legend.