Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 4, Winter

A Sense of Place: Landscape and Location in the Poetry of John Davidson
John Davidson (1857-1909) is a displaced figure, alienated from his native Scottish context and equally marginalized within the literary scene of 1890s London. Yet negative influences can inspire challenging and compelling writing. In Davidson's case...
Darkening the Subject of Hopkins' Prosody
Hopkins' "Author's Preface" (hereafter AP) is an essential resource for .anyone wishing to glean the theory of his prosody. (1) It cannot stand alone, however. Its terms and concepts are unfamiliar and inadequately defined: the flurry of references...
"Eat Me, Drink Me, Love Me": Eucharist and the Erotic Body in Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market
In the scholarship surrounding Goblin Market, there is no dearth of readings which focus on the erotic nature of its imagery. In addition, any number of readings of the poem focus on its allegorical rendering of spiritual redemption. Few readings,...
"Goldengrove Unleaving": Hopkins' "Spring and Fall," Christina Rossetti's "Mirrors of Life and Death," and the Politics of Inclusion
(For Isobel Armstrong) The now quite familiar argument for the inspiration behind Hopkins' "Spring and Fall: To a Young Child" asserts that lines from the poem describing Margaret's poignant response to the falling leaves may have been derived from...
"Heir of All the Universe": Evolutionary Epistemology in Mathilde Blind's Birds of Passage: Songs of the Orient and Occident
In the "Prelude" to her Birds of Passage: Songs of the Orient and Occident (1895), Mathilde Blind tracks an autumn migration of birds in "corporate motion" from "the cliffs of England" to "the sacred Isle of Philae" in the Nile River near Aswan, Egypt....
Stranded at the Border: Browning, France, and the Challenge of Cosmopolitanism in Red Cotton Night-Cap Country
Robert Browning's periods of residence and travel on the Continent coincided with some of the great political upheavals of the time, but the closest the poet may have ever come to being in any personal danger due to such unrest was in the late summer...

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