Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 4, Winter

A Note on Hopkins' Plough in "The Windhover". (Brief Article)
ANYONE WHO CHOOSES TO WRITE ON HOPKINS' "THE WINDHOVER" DOES so against the background of a body of critical writing that is as formidable as it is lacking in consensus. Indeed, it is difficult to think of any English poem of comparable length that...
Barrett Browning's Poetic Vocation: Crying, Singing, Breathing
O Hyacinthes, for ay your AI keepe still. --William Drummond, "Teares, On the Death of Moeliades" THE POETIC CAREER OF ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING FROM APPRENTICE to master has been mapped many times. Her turn from cloistered classicism and imitation...
"Doing Battle with Forgotten Ghosts": Carnival, Discourse, and Degradation in Tennyson's the Princess
ALFRED LORD TENNYSON'S THE PRINCESS IS RIFE WITH AMBIGUITIES AND contradictions that prevent a straightforward interpretation of the text. A Victorian frame surrounds the medieval tale of "feminine" Prince and "masculine" Princess, one ultimately transformed...
Hopkins' Chiasmus: Stanza 1 of "The Wreck of the Deutschland"
PAUL G. BEIDLER * But the important part played by parallelism of expression in our poetry is not so well known: I think it will surprise anyone when first pointed out. (Gerard Manley Hopkins, "On the Origin of Beauty") (1) The passage beyond...
"In Silence like to Death": Elizabeth Barrett's Sonnet Turn
And then there it was, suddenly entire; she held it in her hands, beautiful and reasonable, clear and complete, the essence sucked out of life and held rounded here-- the sonnet. --Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (1) ALTHOUGH ELIZABETH BARRETT...
Sacred and Legendary Artists: Anna Jameson and Barrett Browning in the Hagiography of Pompilia
SURELY, POOR POMPILIA IS PRETTILY DONE," PLEADED ROBERT BROWNING, concluding a letter to his proofreader, Julia Wedgwood. (1) The remark makes a strange digression, for Browning devotes the rest of his commentary to justifying the darkness, the bulk,...
Ten Journeys to the Venusberg: Morris' Drafts for "The Hill of Venus"
One of the strongest characteristics of that . . . assertion of the liberty of the heart, in the middle age, which I have termed a medieval Renaissance, was its antinomianism, its spirit of rebellion and revolt against the moral and religious ideas...