Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 2, Summer

A Woman's Castle Is Her Home: Matthew Arnold's Tristram and Iseult as Domestic Fairy Tale
When Matthew Arnold took on the project of crafting the first modern English retelling of the Tristram and Iseult legend, he focused his attention on Iseult, but not the bold, passionate Iseult of Ireland, Mark's wife and Tristram's lover. Rather,...
Exercitive Speech Acts in the Poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Elsewhere I have attempted to read Rossetti's interrogative lyrics as "schemata for dramatic vocalization," (1) to correct what Culler observes as written criticism's "innate hostility to voice," its evasion of "the vocative." (2) In this essay I shall...
In Memoriam: John F. Stasny
Except for Dwight Culler, my teachers and advisors were not Victorianist scholars, so the mentoring contact I enjoyed with the generation who had ushered in Victorian Studies arose belatedly, and mainly from editors. The first among these, and the...
Navigating in Perilous Seas of Language: In Memoriam and "The Wreck of the Deutschland"
In narrating the voyages of ships, poems often allude metaphorically to the progress of their own composition. The dangers threatening the ships suggest a risk that the poem may break off before reaching the desired port. Sometimes, as when the frail...
"Of Happy Men That Have the Power to Die": Tennyson's "Tithonus"
1. Tennyson's "Pendent" "Everything profound loves the mask," wrote Nietzsche, who wanted the new philosopher to be an "attempter," an essayist on the model of Montaigne-in any event, not a dogmatist. (1) Like Nietzsche himself, Tennyson had a marked...
The Vivisection of the Snark
As a popular writer for children, Lewis Carroll grew adept at subverting the A paternalist logic which subordinated children to the whims of their powerful elders. This concern with the plight of the powerless extended into other areas as well, and...