Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 3, Fall

Circles and the In-Between: Shaping Time, Space, and Paradox in Swinburnian Verse
One of the first trends that we note upon looking at Swinburne's landscape and erotic poetry is his tendency toward the use of paradox. Taking this technique as a lens through which to observe Swinburnian verse, we find ourselves caught in a kaleidoscopic...
Creating from Nothing: Swinburne and Baudelaire in "Ave Atque Vale"
Algernon Charles Swinburne was among the earliest English critics to praise Charles Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal (1857). Writing in the Spectator for September 1862, Swinburne stresses the volume's "delight in problems": It has the languid lurid...
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
In contrast to last year's work on EBB, in which religion formed a dominant theme, 2006 has brought a return to a strong emphasis on politics--both the politics of nation and gender politics. Works on which attention seems to have converged include...
General Materials
"All the new thinking is about loss," writes Robert Hass in "Meditation at Lagunitas." Much recent work in Victorian studies seems evidence for such a claim, indexed by a marked increase in sightings of Edward FitzGerald. Indeed, two of this year's...
Hopkins
Although some new full-length books about Hopkins have been announced, none of these has yet appeared in general distribution. Most of the new pieces of published work available (which are all either articles or essays in book collections) focus on...
Hopkins the Romantic? the Question of Empathy in "Spring and Fall"
When first reading Gerard Manley Hopkins's "Spring and Fall," one is struck by the speaker's tone of empathic tenderness towards the "young child" he addresses, whose own feeling of empathy is the subject matter of his address. Turning to Margaret...
Matthew Arnold
There were several substantial new readings of individual poems by Arnold in 2005, and I will begin with two articles on "The Scholar-Gipsy," an important new poem in Arnold's well-known 1853 edition, which included a famous preface and notably excluded...
Richard C. Tobias: October 12, 1925-September 12, 2006
Victorian Poetry has lost a long-time friend and associate. "Tob" was a charter member in 1963 of the Editorial Board of the Journal. In 1967 he became, along with Gordon Pitts and Fred A. Dudley, a member of a special group of advisors to the editor...
Robert Browning
As Robert Browning was not covered in "The Year's Work" for 2005, the present article reviews a selection of publications from the past two years. The three major items are the latest volumes of The Brownings' Correspondence and of the Oxford University...
Swinburne
Following last year's edition of Terry L. Meyers' Uncollected Letters of Algernon Charles Swinburne and Jerome McGann and Charles Sligh's Major Poems and Selected Prose, this year has also seen the publication of a long anticipated work in the form...
Tennyson
Close reading and formal analysis, sometimes coupled with psychoanalytic theory, came to the fore in work on Tennyson in 2005, extending his links to aestheticism (as in Angela Leighton's "Touching Forms: Tennyson and Aestheticism," 2001) and emphasizing...
The New Zealand Minstrelsy (1852): William Golder and the Beginnings of a National Literature in New Zealand
When William Golder (1810-1876) published by subscription in 1852 The New Zealand Minstrelsy, the first volume of poetry printed and published in New Zealand, he had been living in the Hutt Valley north of Wellington for twelve years, having arrived...
The Poets of the Nineties
Most of the significant work for this year's roundup focuses on women writers, and when the major subject centers on a male author, women writers who are linked with him are accorded importance. To take the latter type of work first, we turn to Harold...
The Pre-Raphaelites
The past year has brought us The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Chelsea Years, 1863.1872, III. 1871-72, the fifth volume of a series originally to be prepared by the late William Fredeman, and completed after his death in 1999 by a consortium...
Thomas Hardy
This has been another important year for Hardy biographers. Despite the advent of Thomas Hardy: A Biography Revisited (2004), in which Michael Millgate revisits the terrain he has been cultivating for some twenty years since Thomas Hardy: A Biography...

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