The New International Encyclopædia/Princess, The

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PRINCESS, The. A poem by Tennyson (1847). Mediæval in setting, but modern in thought, it is a kind of epic on the question of woman. The Princess Ida, to carry out her views, founds a college from which all men are debarred. The prince to whom she is betrothed enters with companions disguised as girls, and finally wins her love. The songs interspersed are some of the noblest lyrics of the last century.