Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 2, Summer

Clough, Bankruptcy, and Disbelief: The Economic Background to "Blank Misgivings"
Perhaps belatedly in contrast to criticism of Victorian fiction, over the past fifteen years or so several major commentators have directed attention to the relation between Victorian poetry and Victorian commerce. Alan Sinfield's rereading of Tennyson,...
Fathering Graces at Hampstead: Manley Hopkins' "The Old Trees" and Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Binsey Poplars"
On January 23, 1879, a letter which began four days earlier on January 19, Hopkins wrote to Robert Bridges from Oxford: I enclose some lines by my father, called forth by the proposal to fell the trees in Well Walk (where Keats and other interesting...
Gender and Sexual Anxiety in Browning's "Waring" and "The Guardian-Angel"
Browning's "Waring" emerged as "a fancy portrait of a very dear friend" Alfred Domett, (1) "who left England on April 30, 1842 for New Zealand (where he was later briefly Prime Minister)." (2) First published in Dramatic Lyrics (1842), it was republished...
Increasing Suspicion about Browning's Grammarian
Is it merely coincidence that three essays from the relatively small cluster of discussions dealing with "A Grammarian's Funeral" use questions in their titles? (1) Or is there something about the poem that is subtly disturbing, tantalizingly dubious?...
Shades of Gray: A Diachronic Reading of Thomas Hardy's "Neutral Tones"
History has given names to many ages in the life of the world; ours is the age of words. --E. J. Phelps, 1889 Richard Chenevix Trench, drawing on Coleridge and Emerson in On the Study of Words, suggested to his Victorian audience that "we are...
"What Profits Me My Name?" the Aesthetic Potential of the Commodified Name in Lancelot and Elaine
A kind of waking trance I have frequently had, quite up from boyhood, when I have been all alone. This has generally come upon me thro' repeating my own name two or three times to myself silently, til all at once, as it were out of the intensity...
Written in Blood: The Art of Mothering Epic in the Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
At age thirteen, Elizabeth Barrett Browning composed her first "epic" poem, "The Battle of Marathon," inspired by her hope to become the female Homer. (1) Later in her life, however, she rejected the limitations of an epic inspired by the past....