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...
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,...
"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....
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...
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...
"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...