Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 4, Winter

Charmides and the Sphinx: Wilde's Engagement with Keats
From the Renaissance to the nineteenth century Greece was a primary object of myth-makers' attentions, its history as well as its mythology fodder for the imagination: a ligature exemplified by Oscar Wilde's "The Theatre at Argos" (1877), a sonnet...
Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Politics of Childhood
Aarmazed that despite her prolonged invalidism and two previous miscariages she was able to bear a child at age forty-three, Elizabeth Barrett Browning viewed her son, Robert Wiedeman Barrett Browning--nicknamed Pen--as something akin to a fairy changeling,...
Maria Jane Jewsbury to Henry Jephson, M.D.: An Undiscovered Poetic Fragment
Rheaders of the early Victorian poet Maria Jane Jewsbury (1800-1833) will have been acquainted with her literary criticism, most notably her work on Jane Austen, and her poem Oceanides, a chronicle of her voyage to India with new husband William Kew...
Metaphor and Maternity: Dante Gabriel Rossetti's House of Life and Augusta Webster's Mother and Daughter
In Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Late Victorian Sonnet Sequence, John Holmes recently discussed the shaping influence of The House of Life (1870, 1881) on a wide range of authors, from Christina Rossetti and Rupert Brooke to the scarcely known Theo...
Parody and Poetic Tradition: Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience
Parodies of aestheticism were common fare by the time Patience was produced in 1881. Even so, Patience was recognized as "the most subtle and incisive of all the contributions to the exhaustive satire of aestheticism." It is "deeper than the rest,"...
"Strokes of Havoc": Tree-Felling and the Poetic Tradition of Ecocriticism in Manley Hopkins and Gerard Manley Hopkins
Manley Hopkins formative influence on his son Gerard has long bee recognized by critics. A successful businessman and amateur writer, whose eclectic interests ranged from science to literature, Manley "possessed certain qualities which it is possible...
Uncanny Transactions and Canny Forms: Rosamund Marriott Watson's Marchen
There were jewels in the pebbly brook and jewels in the sky, And a thousand fighting Pixies in the snow. --"The Golden Age" (1) In a series of essays at the end of the twentieth century Linda K. Hughes enriched an earlier fin de siecle by restoring...

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