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Epic and lyric in Idylls of the King
Jeff Rosen

forgotten me in my death: Nay – God my Christ – I pass but shall not die. (The Passing of Arthur, ll. 27–8) The organizational structure of volume two therefore reflects Cameron’s extraction of themes embedded in Tennyson’s poems. She presents a complex weave that joins allegories of the pagan and feminine East, where religious life was considered backward and unenlightened and where death was ritualized and final, with photographs illustrating hopeful expressions of life after death, which are made possible by Christian belief. Volume two ends with Maud, but a

in Julia Margaret Cameron’s ‘fancy subjects’