Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 3, Fall

Dionysian Music, Patriotic Sentiment, and Tennyson's Idylls of the King
In The Coming of Arthur, the first idyll in the narrative sequence of Idylls of the King, (1) the youthful Gawain, who is not yet a knight, wanders a terrain that is not yet Arthur's: And Gawain went, and breaking into song Sprang out, and followed...
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
This year's work on EBB brings the harvest of conferences and special journal issues marking the bicentenary of the poet's birth in 1806. The harvest includes scholarship on an increasing range of her output, including works little discussed in contemporary...
George Meredith's Early Verse: A New Manuscript in His First Wife's Hand
Although his first collection of Poems (1851) received a fair measure of raise from reviewers and a handsome compliment from Tennyson, George Meredith soon came to regard the book as an embarrassment and later wished he could suppress it entirely....
Hopkins
On the publishing horizon are several Hopkinsian books of likely key importance--especially, the new multi-volume Oxford University Press editions of Hopkins' Collected Works--including poems, journals, sermons, and letters. Meanwhile, however, the...
Hopkins' Affective Rhythm: Grace and Intention in Tension
"Why do I employ sprung rhythm at all?" the Victorian poet and Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins asks fellow poet Robert Bridges in 1877. (1) Hopkins' question remains largely unanswered. I do not, however, intend yet another contribution to the...
Matthew Arnold
Through the years there has been a continuous interest in Arnold and the roles he played in British cultural history, literally the part he played in developing the key term "culture" and the widespread influence of his critical ideas, while interest...
Robert Browning
While no book-length studies on Browning have appeared during this review period, the year has seen a healthy number of articles which apply a variety of critical approaches to individual poems. They demonstrate how well the poet lends himself to many...
Swinburne
When reviewing the Swinburnean materials published over the last five years or so, one cannot but notice the shift that has been taking place among Swinburne scholars. Together with the on-going interest in his sexuality and radical politics, readers...
Tennyson
Books by Kathryn Ledbetter and Kirstie Blair form the most notable contributions to Tennyson studies in 2006. In Tennyson and Victorian Periodicals: Commodities in Context (Ashgate, 2007 [released December 2006]), Kathryn Ledbetter examines sixty-two...
The Pre-Raphaelites
The sixth volume of D. G. Rossetti's letters, The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: The Last Decade, 1873-1882 (D. S. Brewer, Cambridge and the Modern Humanities Association), offers six hundred fifty-eight annotated letters from 1873 and 1874,...
Thomas Hardy
Hardy had his own ideas about reception theory and was well aware that readers contribute to the production of meaning in a text, that their responses are conditioned by the interplay of literary textual elements and their own culturally determined...