Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 2, Summer

Christina Rossetti, John Keble, and the Divine Gaze
Although William Michael claimed that his sister "thought nothing of Keble as a poet," marginalia in Christina Rossetti's copy of The Christian Year (1827) show Keble's influence on her developing religious voice and vision. (1) Recent scholarship...
Damsels, Dulcimers, and Dreams: Elizabeth Barrett's Early Response to Coleridge
When Elizabeth Barrett famously complained in 1845 to Henry Chorley at she look[ed] everywhere for Grandmothers and [found] none," she neglected to mention that her early reviewers seemed as eager as she to find an appropriate genealogy for her poetry....
Politicizing Dance in Late-Victorian Women's Poetry
As she sought to differentiate herself from her traditionally "Victorian" counterparts, the New Woman interrogated and challenged her role within established social institutions. Calling for the reform of ideas about education, property ownership,...
Reading Mary as Reader: The Marian Art of Dante Gabriel and Christina Rossetti
As the works of Dante Gabriel and Christina Rossetti attest, among the many signs of the Oxford or Tractarian Movement's influence in the realm of English culture was the resurgent interest in the Virgin Mary as a subject for poetry and painting. Inspired...
The Once and Future Sword: Excalibur and the Poetics of Imperial Heroism in Idylls of the King
In a letter to Hallam Tennyson, William Makepeace Thackeray reflects on first reading Idylls of the King and concluding that neither the awful truth from science, nor the melodies and raptures and roses of Swinburne, nor the vivisoulections...