Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Donald C. Stuart, III, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Michael Lund, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Massie C. Stinson, Ph.D.


This thesis will explore the characters and situations presented by Tennyson in "The Holy Grail" to reveal their human qualities and frailties for the purposes of examination and reflection in order to gain a greater understanding of spirituality . For Tennyson himself said that, "My meaning in the Idyll s of the King was spiritual. I took the legendary stories of the Round Table as illustrations. I intended Arthur to represent the Ideal Soul of Man coming into contact with the warring elements of the flesh" (qtd. in Ricks 671). Hallam Tennyson, as well, observes that "Throughout the poem runs my father's belief in one strong argument of hope, the marvelously transmuting power of repentance in all men, however great their sin" (Memoirs, 2, 131).



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