Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 1, Spring

"Almost Unmade": Hopkins and the Body Apocalyptic
Twenty-first-century criticism has located in the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins a concern with universal dissolution. According to Jude Nixon, for example, Hopkins' poetry expresses a response to Victorian fears induced by the formulation of the...
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Augusta Webster Writing Motherhood in the Dramatic Monologue and the Sonnet Sequence
In many respects, the recovery of Augusta Webster may be read as a feminist success story with a now familiar plot. Literary scholars of the early- to mid-nineties seized on Webster's powerful dramatic monologues for their cultural and social significance,...
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"Home One and All": Redeeming the Whore of Babylon in Christina Rossetti's Religious Poetry
Christina Rossetti's mode of interpreting the Book of Revelation as a spiritual guidebook for the individual believer is anomalous within the dominant exegetical traditions of historical and allegorical interpretation of this difficult biblical text....
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Mary Hutton and the Development of a Working-Class Women's Political Poetics
"It is impossible for the truly generous mind to understand the small envyings that surround the daily path of an author, particularly a female one." Mary Hutton, Preface to Cottage Tales and Poems (1836) What do we know about the working-class...
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Robert Browning's "Saul"; Strains through the Array
"Some people have God," I said. "Quite a lot." "He never worked very well with me." (Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, chap. 19) (1) In 1 Samuel 16.23 David, anointed successor to wretched, deranged King Saul, plays a harp to soothe...
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"Telling What's O' Er": Remaking the Sonnet Cycle in Augusta Webster's Mother and Daughter
In her 1878 essay "Poets and Personal Pronouns," Augusta Webster proposed that poets adopt a new pronoun: "The use of a little i instead of a big I might have some effect as a sort of modest disclaimer of the writer's personality.' (1) This neologism...
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