Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 1, Spring

A "Lonely Crossing": Approaching Nineteenth-Century Australian Women's Poetry
IN APPROACHING WOMEN'S POETRY PRODUCED IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY Australia, one still undertakes a "lonely crossing." Difficulties are encountered in not only locating "poetical remains" but in beginning to theorize its value both in terms of Victorian...
An Uncultured Rhymer and His Cultural Critics: Henry Lawson, Class Politics, and Colonial Literature
But the curse of class distinctions from our shoulders shall be hurled, An' the influence of Kindness revolutionize the world; There'll be higher education for the toilin' starvin' clown, An' the rich and educated shall be educated down. (1) ...
Colonial Canons: The Case of James Brunton Stephens
WHEN W. T. STEAD, PIONEERING ENGLISH EXPONENT OF THE "NEW journalism," included eleven poems by James Brunton Stephens in the 1897 Penny Poets Volume 50, he was endorsing what appeared to be an established, if sparse, colonial hierarchy of literary...
Francis Adams and Songs of the Army of the Night: Negotiating Difference, Maintaining Commitment
SONGS OF THE ARMY OF THE NIGHT (1888) IS A CLASSIC OF RADICAL SOCIALIST verse in both England and Australia. (1) The author, Francis William Lauderdale Adams (1862-93), an English writer who lived in Australia for only six years but was counted...
From Wilderness to Landscape: Charles Harpur's Dialogue with Wordsworth and Antipodean Nature
READ "WORDSWORTH FOR HIS SIMPLE POWER, / NOT FOR HIS NAMBY-PAMBY-ness." (1) This caution was offered by the largely self-educated poet Charles Harpur (1813-1868). (2) The son of convict parents and a vocal opponent of all "Monarchy Men and Empire-worshippers,"...
Introduction
THE TERM "VICTORIAN POETRY" IS ONE THAT AUSTRALIAN CRITICS GENERALLY avoid using, because the state of Victoria, in which the second major Australian city is found, gives the adjective "Victorian" a geographical sense that too frequently obscures...
Marking the Unmarked: An Epitaphic Preoccupation in Nineteenth-Century Australian Poetry
JUST OVER HALF A CENTURY AFTER VICTORIA'S ACCESSION TO THE THRONE, A London publisher issued an anthology that announced itself as "inspired by life in the Greater Britain under the Southern Cross" and "dedicated to the English of three continents."...