Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 3, Fall

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
With the appearance of The Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in five volumes from Picketing and Chatto Press in its "Pickering Masters" series, 2010 brings the first comprehensive scholarly edition of EBB's poetry, prefaces, and essays in over a...
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Hopkins
While there was much interesting and varied criticism on Hopkins during 2009, the only published scholarly monograph on him was Brian Willems' Hopkins and Heidegger (Continuum). One wishes the book's singularity in that regard was matched by its critical...
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Laying Claim: George Saintsbury's Assessment of Matthew Arnold
Among those prominent in assessing Matthew Arnold's significance soon after his death in 1888, George Saintsbury was without doubt the most persistent. As he declared in one of his contributions to the subject, though he could not claim to be an exact...
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Matthew Arnold
Antony H. Harrison has been a prominent scholar in the field of Victorian poetry for a long time, and among his numerous publications are the critical studies Victorian Poets and Romantic Poems: Intertextuality and Ideology (1990) and Victorian Poets...
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Robert Browning
This year's output of Robert Browning scholarship has been healthy, with two volumes of letters, two contributions to the long-running critical editions of his work, a (nowadays rare) monograph by Suzanne Bailey, and a good crop of essays taking various...
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Swinburne
Last year was an exciting and exceptionally eventful year in Swinburne studies. 2009 marked the poet's centennial and inspired a successful conference, as well as a series of major publications. "Swinburne: A Centenary Conference," organized by Catherine...
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Tennyson
2009 marked the bicentenary of Tennyson's birth and elicited an outpouring of work: over 60 essays and 7 books with one or more Tennyson chapters. Most often this work, much of it excellent, revolves around intertextuality, culture, and/or media--Tennyson...
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The Becoming Character of Tennyson's Simeon Stylites
Tennyson's St. Simeon Stylites has, in common parlance, gotten a bad rap. The often comical and always exaggerated figure standing atop a pillar proclaiming his own sainthood has, at least by recent scholars, been deemed a failure. Larry Brunner uses...
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The Poets of the Nineties
Ninties' concerns are hot topics again in this year, and, as is so much the case with primary materials from that era, current scholarship appears chiefly in brief individual forms. Although the contents of the Victorian Review special issue on...
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The Pre-Raphaelites
The year's scholarly studies of Pre-Raphaelitism yielded an impressive number of articles and book chapters, but relatively few books. Dante G. Rossetti An exception is the eighth and next-to-last volume of The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel...
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Thomas Hardy
Too short by some twenty-four months to be commemorative of Emma Lavinia's death in late November 1912, the two recent publications featuring Hardy's "Emma" poems in 2010 would surely have left Hardy feeling quite replete with coincidences. Unexpected...
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Victorian Women Poets
There is a rich field in this first review essay of Victorian women poets for Victorian Poetry. Since the impressive anthologies of Victorian women's poetry published late in the last century by Angela Leighton and Margaret Reynolds, Isobel Armstrong...
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What Is Haunting Tennyson's Maud (1855)?
Alfred Tennyson's success with In Memoriam (1850) was exceptional: the poem helped define an age in poetry. But eventually it was a success that turned against him. Max Beerbohm's drawing "Mr. Tennyson reading In Memoriam to his Sovereign" (1904) made...
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