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"Who Can Rule and Dare Not Lie": Tennyson's Bicameral King

Judith Weissman
Syracuse Scholar, 1984, Vol. 5 (1).

Abstract:

Tennyson's poetry is pervaded by the kinds of auditory hallucinations that Julian Jaynes describes in The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. Tennyson begins in a late stage of Jaynes's history, with the voices of demons, and moves backward to Jaynes's point of origin, the admonitory voice of the tribal king.