Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 149, No. 2, Summer

Eye Rhyme: Visual Experience and the Poetics of Gerard Manley Hopkins
This was the prized, the desirable sight, ', unsought, presented so easily, Parted me leaf and leaf, divided me, | eyelid and eyelid of slumber. "Moonrise June 19, 1876" (1) In 1874, while he was teaching at Manresa College, Roehampton, Gerard...
Ironizing Prosody in John Davidson's "A Ballad in Blank Verse"
In John Davidson's "A Ballad in Blank Verse" (1894) a young Scottish poet is torn between commitment to sensuous aestheticism and duty to aged parents who desire his confirmation in the church above all else. Unable to persist in one course or another,...
Manifest Prosody
Like many nineteenth-century American writers, Sidney Lanier--poet, critic, professional flutist, Confederate soldier, and professor of English at Johns Hopkins--looked eastward toward Great Britain while commenting on and contributing to the American...
Materializing Meter: Physiology, Psychology, Prosody
A discernible strain of idealism runs through mid-Victorian prosody. In he 1850s, for instance, both E. S. Dallas and Coventry Patmore, whose treatises on versification would go on to influence later generations of metrists, emphasized the "imaginary"...
Poetic Data and the News from Poems: A for Better for Verse Memoir
At first, it was all about the homework. In a course introducing poetry to students who had little if any disciplined exposure to English metrics, we would spend a Thursday going over the nuts and bolts of scansion. I would set a passage from Keats...
Polymetrical Dissonance: Tennyson, A. Mary F. Robinson, and Classical Meter
What did g. Mary F. Robinson learn from her work as a translator of reek, Greek meter, and from her study of classical prosody more generally? What expressive possibilities did she garner from the study of a language whose prosody bears little to no...
Rhythms, Poetic and Political: The Case of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How should one go about addressing the politics of prosody? In recent years scholars of Victorian poetry have tended to choose among three alternatives. The first is what we might call the "reflective" model. In this school of thought, poetic meter...
Victorian Prosody: Measuring the Field
The idea of proposing a special issue on Victorian prosody occurred to us after meeting at the 2007 North American Victorian Studies Association annual conference in Victoria, B.C. While attending the various panels, we noticed that we kept running...