Tennyson's Poetics of Melancholy and the Imperial Imagination

  title={Tennyson's Poetics of Melancholy and the Imperial Imagination},
  author={David G. Riede},
  journal={SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900},
  pages={659 - 678}
  • D. Riede
  • Published 1 December 2000
  • Philosophy
  • SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
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