Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 3, Fall

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Work covered this year is notable for its interdisciplinary range, internationalization, and volume. Topics include not only the politics of gender and nations, prosody, religion, the classical tradition, and relationships with other writers (this...
General Materials
Christopher M. Keirstead begins his Victorian Poetry, Europe, and the Challenge of Cosmopolitanism by imagining "an Atlas of Victorian Poetry" (p. 1) that could represent the complex internationality of the British verse we study. It turns out that...
Hopkins
The year 2010 seemed to be a transition year in Hopkins criticism: something of the old, something of the new, something poised between the two. The three published books focusing entirely or largely on Hopkins prove illustrative. John Parham's...
Matthew Arnold
There are no new monographs on Arnold to discuss this year, but a variety of substantial new articles and book chapters deal with his life, career, and individual works in interesting ways. I will begin with Christopher M. Keirstead's treatment of...
Robert Browning
This year's entry rounds out the year 2010 which, as Britta Martens noted last fall, began as a productive period in Browning scholarship, including the publication of the Selected Poems (Longman, 2010) and volume 17 of The Brownings' Correspondence,...
Swinburne
Although the quantity of this year's Swinburne scholarship cannot match the bonanza of the 2009 Swinburne centennial, the quality of the offerings is in no way less, and each of the articles I am about to discuss below helpfully expands the contexts...
Swinburne: "The Sweetest Name"
"You have a subtle riddling skill at love Which is not like a lover." --Swinburne, Chastelard, I.ii (1865) For a writer of such astonishing range as Swinburne, responses to his poetry tend to embody a predictable and oddly limited number of judgments....
Tennyson
The work on Tennyson published in 2010, including two books and numerous essays, addresses issues of genre, biography, literary history, cultural memory, and visuality. In "Form Things: Looking at Genre through Victorian Diamonds" (Victorian Studies...
The Politics of Character: The Lawyers and Pompilia in Robert Browning's the Ring and the Book (1868-69)
In his 1869 review of Robert Browning's The Ring and the Book, Robert Buchanan wrote that "at last, the opus magnum of our generation lies before the world.... The fascination of the work is still so strong upon us, our eyes are still so spell-bound...
The Pre-Raphaelites
The year's publications have included a number of article-length studies of Christina Rossetti, Dante Rossetti, and William Morris, as well as the final volume of Dante Rossetti's letters, an essay-collection devoted to Morris' writings, and a critical...
Thomas Hardy
At various intervals throughout the millennium years Thomas Hardy has made several appearances in The Times and not simply as the subject of the subject, as in reviews in the TLS of critical work exploring his poetry, philosophy, biography and novels....
William Morris' "Golden Wings" as a Poetic Response to the "Delicate Sentiment" of Tennyson's "Mariana"
In a letter dated October 24, 1872 to his affectionate friend Aglaia Coronio, William Morris writes: "I suppose you see that Tennyson is publishing another little lot of Arthurian legend. We all know pretty well what it will be; and I confess I don't...
Women Poets
2010 has been notable for the attention given to Amy Levy, the bold, technically accomplished and politically radical late-nineteenth-century poet, essayist, short-story writer, and novelist. Naomi Hetherington and Nadia Valman's edited collection...