Victorian Poetry

Journal publishing scholary articles on topics related to Victorian poetry and poets.

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 3, Fall

Elizabeth Barrett Browning. (Guide to the Year's Work)
Last year in her review essay for this journal Dorothy Mermin welcomed the growing tendency to approach EBB from a range of different angles. While the focus on gender issues in her works is "perhaps unavoidable" and "certainly not undesirable," Mermin...
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General Materials. (Guide to the Year's Work)
Once again this year many of the best new general studies of Victorian poetry and culture focus on the long neglected contributions of women writers and of women's perspectives. Women's Poetry, Late Romantic to Late Victorian: Gender and Genre, 1830-1900,...
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"He and I": Dante Gabriel. Rossetti's Other Man
TOWARD THE LARGELY DESPONDENT CLOSE OF DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI'S The House of Life stands "He and I": a "representation," as David G. Riede observes, "of some sort of self-division and self-alienation" that appears rather "enigmatic." (1) Composed in...
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Hopkins. (Guide to the Year's Work)
As Valentine Cunningham emphasizes the need for both "Fact and Tact," in a January 2001 article of that title (EIC 51, no. 1:119-138), he generally supports my contentions, in this column last year, that literary criticism needs continuous logical...
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Matthew Arnold. (Guide to the Year's Work)
The most significant publication in the field of Arnold scholarship for the year 2000 was the fourth volume of Cecil Y. Lang's Letters of Matthew Arnold (Univ. Press of Virginia, 1996-). As I begin to write this essay, I see that volume five, the penultimate...
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Regarding Christina Rossetti's "'Reflection'"
"The Woman at the Window" RECENT WORK BY ALISON CHAPMAN ON BIOGRAPHICAL REPRESENTATIONS of Christina Rossetti has demonstrated an intriguing proclivity on the part of virtually every Rossetti biographer to visually "frame" the poet at a window,...
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Robert Browning. (Gudie to the Year's Work)
Melancholia, mourning, narcissism, religious belief, the poet's power. This year's essays on Robert Browning's poetry have returned to the territory that so fascinated the late Victorians. What lies beyond death? How do art, eros, and theology shape...
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Specialized Materials. (Guide to the Year's Work)
On the occasion of the recent publication of the hefty Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, I will review in the coming pages two of the Norton's main competitors (Richter's The Critical Tradition and Rivkin and Ryan's Literary Theory: An Anthology)...
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Swinburne. (Guide to the Year's Work)
This has been a good year for Swinburne studies, particularly for analyses which situate the poet within the broader cultural context. Three pieces deserve special mention at the start: Stephanie Kuduk's exploration of the radical literary tradition...
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Tennyson. (Guide to the Year's Work)
Following a hiatus the year once again saw publication of a full-length monograph devoted to Tennyson. James W. Hood's Divining Desire: Tennyson and the Poetics of Transcendence (Ashgate) explores Tennyson's preoccupation with art and eroticism as...
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Tennyson, Ireland, and "The Powers of Speech"
WHEN TENNYSON AND GLADSTONE MET FOR THE FINAL TIME, THE POET was in a bad mood. He initially refused to come down to dinner, angry at the politician's continued support of Home Rule for Ireland, but once the two men got talking the Laureate changed...
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The Poets of the Nineties. (Guide to the Year's Work)
In the present gathering of materials we confront heterogeneous quality, to say the least. A book that will doubtless draw many readers is Jerusha Hull McCormack's The Man Who Was Dorian Gray (St. Martin's, 2001), a biography of John Gray (1866-1934)....
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The Pre-Raphaelites. (Guide to the Year's Work)
The past three years have witnessed a resurgence of critical attention to Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Jan Marsh published her fine critical biography Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Painter and Poet in 1999; Jerome McGann and others offered a first installment...
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Thomas Hardy. (Guide to the Year's Work)
If we were to evaluate Hardy's current standing as a poet solely in the light of the quality and quantity of literary criticism recently brought into full-length book publication we might well believe him to have lost the far-reaching interest he commanded...
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