Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 1, Spring

A Note on Meter, Music, and Meaning in Robert Browning's Fifine at the Fair
WHILE MUSIC IS NOT ENTIRELY A NEGLECTED ASPECT OF FIFINE AT THE Fair--the dream vision is, after all, inspired by Juan's playing of Schumann's "Carnival"--the meter is little discussed. The link between music and meter, and the relation of both to...
"God's Grandeur": Gerard Manley Hopkins' Reply to the Speculative Atheist [1]
READERS OF GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS' "GOD'S GRANDEUR" USE A consistent strategy to analyze the poem: they outline an intellectual system, usually one dominant when Hopkins was writing, and then use this system to interpret the sonnet. [2] For instance,...
Hopkins and Augustine
IN AN EARLIER ESSAY, "AUGUSTINE'S CONFESSIONS AND THE WRECK OF the Deutschland," I traced the influence of The Confessions on Hopkins' ode, from the explicit reference to Augustine's conversion: "Or as Austin, a lingering-out sweet skill" (101, 1....
The Stones in the Sword: Tennyson's Crown Jewels
OF ALL THE ILLICIT AFFAIRS IN THE IDYLLS OF THE KING, NONE IS MORE unusual than "bold" Sir Bedivere's relation with Excalibur (PA, l. 207) [1] Commanded to cast the kingdom's founding sword into the lake where it surfaced, the Round Table's first knight...
"To Prove Him with Hard Questions" : Answerability in Hopkins' Writings
And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions. And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones:...