Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 2, Summer

An Alternative to the Architectural Elegy: Hardy's Unhoused Poems of 1912-1913
Throughout English poetry one finds examples of poems that are metaphorized as architectural structures, as houses or churches built of solid enough materials to reliably contain ephemeral spirits and ideas. From Chaucer to Heaney, the writing of a...
Christina Rossetti: A Descriptive Bibliography
Christina Rossetti: A Descriptive Bibliography, ed. Maura Ives (New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2011). viii, 344 pp. [16] pp. of plates. $95.00. In November 1905, the elderly William Rossetti, having been complimented on his bibliography...
Dennis Sobolev, the Split World of Gerard Manley Hopkins: An Essay in Semiotic Phenomenology
Dennis Sobolev, The Split World of Gerard Manley Hopkins: An Essay in Semiotic Phenomenology (Catholic Univ. of America Press, 2011). 368 pp. $69.95. Dennis Sobolev's new book is the most ambitious scholarly work on the poet to appear in several...
Poetics and Layers of Meaning in Rossetti's Forced Music
Dante Gabriel Rossetti's (1828-1882) large pastel drawing Forced Music (1877) (Fig. 1) has long puzzled scholars and historians. The model for the half-length nude figure is unidentified and appears in only one other Rossetti drawing. The narrative...
Tennyson, Heidegger, and the Problematics of "Home"
"Never before had childhood become an obsession within the culture at large." (1) This article began with my discovery, in the facsimiles of the Harvard Notebooks published in 1987 by Christopher Ricks and Aidan Day, of one Notebook, Number 4 (ms...
The Substance of Shadows: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Mimesis
"You knew that figure, when painted, had been seen; yet it was not a thing to be seen of men." --Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Hand and Soul" (1850) (1) At the end of his 1883 essay on Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Walter Pater notes hat poetry has historically...
"Thinketh": Browning and Other Minds
Robert Browning's 1864 dramatic monologue "Caliban upon Setebos" as two distinctive features which many readers have, in the century and a half since its publication, found particularly noteworthy. The first is its detailed depiction of Caliban's attempts...
What Remains: Matthew Arnold's Poetics of Place and the Victorian Elegy
Matthew Arnold's elegy for Charlotte Bronte, "Haworth Churchyard," includes perhaps the most macrabre image--and embarrassing mistake--of his poetic oeuvre. In the early part of the poem the speaker laments the impossibility of communing with Bronte,...