Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 2, Summer

"Beautiful Dripping Fragments": A Whitmanesque Reading of Hopkins "Epithalamion"
A celibate whose Ruskinian interest in natural beauty focussed upon the landscape and the innocent child or youth, Hopkins has not often been written of in sexual language or been critically analyzed for sexual themes and attitudes. Perhaps we should...
"Death Blots Black Out": Thermodynamics and the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins
HOPKINS' POETRY EMPLOYS TO A MARKED DEGREE TROPES OF ENERGY IN THE form of heat, fire, and light. His discourse reveals an attraction to the emerging science of thermodynamics, especially an anxiety with the second law. His energy tropes admit a...
Fated Marginalization: Women and Science in the Poetry of Constance Naden
HOW CAN A VICTORIAN WOMAN FIND A VOICE WITHIN THE PATRIARCHAL realm of scientific discourse that judges her an intellectual inferior? More broadly, how can she even position herself within a culture that disdains rigorous cognitive work by women...
Flashing Foil and Oozing Oil: Trinitarian Images in the First Quatrain of "God's Grandeur"
ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR AND IMMEDIATELY ACCESSIBLE CHRISTIAN POEMS in the English language launches its message with a pair of images that are immediately obscure. The apparently straightforward statement that opens Gerard Manley Hopkins' "God's...
"Like Dull Narcotics, Numbing Pain": Speculations on Tennyson and Opium
IN TENNYSON: THE UNQUIET HEART, BIOGRAPHER ROBERT BERNARD MARTIN describes how Tennyson was haunted "from the time of his honeymoon until the end of his life" by the accusation that he was an opium addict. (1) He took umbrage with charles Kingsley...
Toward a Pragmatic Poetics: The Convergence of Form, Act, and Ontology in Hopkins' "The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo"
I WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN BY RECONSIDERING A WELL-KNOWN DISAGREEMENT between F. R. Leavis and Robert Bridges concerning the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. In 1918, Bridges published the first edition of the Poems of Hopkins and appended a "Preface...