Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 3, Fall

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
2009 brings a wealth of new information on EBB's later career and works with the publication of her extensive correspondence with Isa Blagden, her closest friend from the early 1850s up to her death in June 1861. This year too is particularly rich...
From Langham Place to Lancashire: Poetry, Community, and the Victoria Press's Offering to Lancashire
During the closing months of 1862, Isa Craig and her colleagues at the Victoria Press gathered poems from an assortment of Victorian writers-including Christina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Mary Howitt, R. Monckton Milnes, and Bessie Raynor Parkes-and...
General Materials
Erik Gray's elegant and evocative new study, Milton and the Victorians (Cornell Univ. Press, 2009) takes up the question of Milton's influence in the wake of the Romantic agon diagnosed by Harold Bloom. Paying closest attention to Christina Rossetti,...
Giving Voice to the Crimean War: Tennyson's "Charge" and Maud's Battle-Song
War poetry--whether epic narrative or lyric song--traditionally works to bring voices into unison. This is one of its primary objectives: to ensure that a nation under threat marches in syncopated lock-step. But what happens when the war in question...
Hopkins
The year 2008 saw a continuation of the robust upturn, noted in last year's review, both in Hopkins scholarship and in public fascination with Hopkins as poet and as person. The pages of both the New York Review of Books and the New York Times Book...
Matthew Arnold
Publications dealing with Arnold last year included one new book-length study along with numerous articles and book chapters focusing on new readings of important poems and critical essays by Arnold as well as studies of his work and influence in a...
On "The Hearing Ear": Some Sonnets of the Rossettis
Without, within me, music seemed to be; Something not music, yet most musical. (1) These two lines from Christina Rossetti's "An Old-World Thicket" seem to touch on something peculiar to her work, something roundabout, snatching, teasing. There's...
Robert Browning
For a while now, research on the Victorian period has been informed by a shift in emphasis to cultural studies and material culture. In relation to poetry, which relies so much for its effect on close attention to textual details, this changing fashion...
Swinburne
Algernon Charles Swinburne died on April 10, 1909 at the age of seventy-two. For Swinburneans and lovers of Victorian poetry, then, 2009 is a special year as it marks the poet's centennial. Next year I will review the special publications celebrating...
Tennyson
Two book-length studies of Tennyson appeared in 2008 (the date of all works cited unless otherwise indicated). Substantial portions of two additional books as well as numerous essays--often focused on Tennyson's relation to other writers--made the...
Tennyson and the Metaphysics of Material Culture: The Early Poetry
Heritage culture, the institutionalization of material forms of cultural memory, emerged in England over the course of the nineteenth century in conjunction with a new set of languages about the relationship between human communities and the physical...
The Poets of the Nineties
This year's scholarship takes several directions, and most of the items included below are brief. Brevity, or miniaturizing, is, however, a hallmark in arts of the 1890s, thus current scholarship coalesces with what it analyzes. Much noticed below...
The Pre-Raphaelites
The current year has brought a number of new interpretive works, but fewer biographies, historical discoveries, reference works, and collections of letters. In Second Sight: The Visionary Imagination in Late Victorian Literature (Manchester Univ....
Thomas Hardy
This has been a memorable year in Hardy studies, heralded by Herbert F. Tucker's Epic: Britain's Heroic Muse: 1700-1910 (Oxford Univ. Press, 2008) which, together with a comprehensive examination of the theory, tradition, and transformation of the...