Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 2, Summer

Edmund Gosse and the Stubborn Villanelle Blunder
Contemporary American poets do not care for Victorian poetry. For evidence of this assertion we might look at the November/December 2007 issue of The American Poetry Review: What trace of the Victorian, if any, do we see? Paul Muldoon, an Irish transplant,...
Limited Knowledge and the Tractarian Doctrine of Reserve in Christina Rossetti's the Face of the Deep
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put...
"Oh, Lift Me over the Threshold, and Let Me in at the Door!": Boundaries and Thresholds in Mary Coleridge's Poetry
Mary Elizabeth Coleridge tucked her manuscript of The Witch into a letter to Lucy Violet Hodgkin on March 21, 1893 (1): Home again in the company of this Witch. What do you think of her? Is she very bad? or not so very bad? The metre's all wrong any...
Pastoral Elegy into Romantic Lyric: Generic Transformation in Matthew Arnold's "Thyrsis"
"The long history of English elegy is a pouring of fresh tears into ancient vessels."--John D. Rosenberg, Elegy for an Age (1) "It is a commonplace that Arnold is an elegiac poet, but not everyone would agree on what is meant by this phrase." ...
The Can of Ail: A. E. Housman's Moral Irony
Academic readers have been kinder to A. E. Housman's poetry in the second half of the twentieth century than in the first half. Critical respect for Housman has increased considerably since the Times Literary Supplement's fiftieth-anniversary assessment...