The poem contains two examples of mead-halls: Hrothgar’s great hall of Heorot, in Denmark, and Hygelac’s hall in Geatland. Both function as important cultural institutions that provide light and warmth, food and drink, and singing and revelry. Historically, the mead-hall represented a safe haven for warriors returning from battle, a small zone of refuge within a dangerous and precarious external world that continuously offered the threat of attack by neighboring peoples. The mead-hall was also a place of community, where traditions were preserved, loyalty was rewarded, and, perhaps most important, stories were told and reputations were spread.
There are many aspects of heroic drama in "The Princess." The heroine, the Princess, is intelligent, composed, and courageous. Her plan to facilitate an evolved social order in which men and women are equal is treated by Tennyson as noble. As the poem progresses it becomes darker, and Ida is portrayed as a heroic figure under assault by forces of ignorance and misogyny. Nevertheless, the poem also has elements of the domestic and the comedic. It begins lightly and is fashioned as a love story. There are idyllic picnics, bawdy songs, and flirtations. Tennyson appears to work hard to fuse these two genres, and whether or not he succeeded has been debated by critics for decades. The domestic comedy looks inferior to Ida's heroism. The end of the poem suggests that it is impossible to fully reconcile Ida's feminist heroism with her traditional comedic role. Critic James Kincaid writes that "the poem insists on being true to both sets of values and thus cannot escape giving a curious sense that its solution is both a victory and a defeat." Since Walter, at the end, complains that "I wish she had not yielded!" the reader might infer that Tennyson recognizes he has not fused the two genres but has left them to contrast one another.
Gravity is the force which keeps our feet anchored to the spinning earth and binds the solar system and the galaxies together. Without gravity, we would be immediately flung into outer space at l,000 miles per hour. Furthermore, without gravity holding the sun together, it would explode in a catastrophic burst of energy. Electro-magnetism is the force which lights up our cities and energizes our household appliances. The electronic revolution, which has given us the light bulb, TV, the telephone, computers, radio, radar, microwaves, light bulbs, and dishwashers, is a byproduct of the electro-magnetic force.