Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 1, Spring

"A Poet Never Sees a Ghost": Photography and Trance in Tennyson's Enoch Arden and Julia Margaret Cameron's Photography
TENNYSON'S VOLUME ENOGH ARDEN AND OTHER POEMS (1864), INITIALLY advertised as Idylls of the Hearth, was a publishing sensation, selling 17,000 copies on the day of publication and 60,000 before the year's end. (1) Nevertheless, little recent critical...
Blougram's Wager, Guido's Odds: Browning, Chance, and Probability
Then add there's still that plaguy hundredth chance Strauss may be wrong. And so a risk is run -- For what gain? (Bishop Blougram's Apology, 11. 587-589) For Guido had so nearly nicked the nine And ninety and one over. (The Ring and the...
Crowd Management: Matthew Arnold and the Science of Society
Through the length and breadth of our nation a sense,-vague and obscure as yet,-of weariness with the old organisations ... works and grows. In the House of Commons the old organisations must inevitably be most enduring and strongest, the transformation...
"Far as the Eye Can Reach": Scientific Exploration and Explorers' Poetry in the Arctic, 1832-1852
WHEN CAPTAIN JOHN ROSS BURIED A HANDWRITTEN POEM UNDER A CAIRN on Leopold Island in the winter of 1832, he was also suppressing an impulse common among nineteenth-century British Arctic explorers. (1) From 1818 to 1860, the British Admiralty sent numerous...
Intrinsic Earthliness: Science, Materialism, and the Fleshly School of Poetry
DURING THE ARDUOUS PERIOD IN WHICH HE WAS WRITING HIS HIGHLY WROUGHT historical novel Marius the Epicurean, Walter Pater published only one minor unsigned review. In March 1883, however, he agreed, albeit rather hesitantly, to a request from his friend...
Introduction: Science and Victorian Poetry
THE "PHILOSOPHICAL... CONTRADISTINCTION" BETWEEN "POETRY AND MATter of Fact, or Science" made by William Wordsworth in his famous 1802 "Preface" to the Lyrical Ballads has been enormously influential in discussions of the relations between science...
"Scientific Wooing": Constance Naden's Marriage of Science and Poetry
WITH THE REEXAMINATION OF POETRY AND VERSE BY LATE-VICTORIAN WOMEN writers, new aspects of the dialogue between Victorian poetry and the sciences are emerging. Constance Naden and other contemporary poets frequently grappled in a lively fashion with...
"The Globe We Groan In": Astronomical Distance and Stellar Decay in in Memoriam
TENNYSON SCHOLARSHIP HAS YET TO ACCOUNT FOR THE IMPORTANT CONNECtions between the poet's lifelong preoccupation with astronomy and his larger poetic project. Astronomy fascinated Tennyson for its own sake, and also, I will argue, because it exposed...
Une Fleur Du Mal? Swinburne's "The Sundew" and Darwin's Insectivorous Plants
IN 1884 ARTICLE FOR THE CORNHILL ENTITLED "QUEER FLOWERS," A SURVEY of some of the extraordinary discoveries in recent botany, the popular science writer and novelist Grant Allen opened his discussion of insect-eating plants with a description of the...