Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 4, Winter

Charles (Tennyson) Turner and the Power of the Small Poetic Thing
Charles (Tennyson) Turner was the sonnettomaniac's sonnettomaniac, his huge output of sonnets--342 of them in the posthumous Collected Sonnets Old and New brought out by his nephew Hallam Tennyson (1880), all now gathered by F. B. and M. Pinion in...
Darwinism, Feminism, and the Sonnet Sequence: Meredith's Modern Love
The place of Darwinism in arguments over the "woman question" in the late nineteenth century was distinctly equivocal. On the one hand, many leading evolutionists including Darwin himself took what they perceived to be the lesser cultural and intellectual...
D. G. Rossetti and Christina Rossetti as Sonnet Writers
Sonnets and Sun Pictures Both Rossettis, despite the deep differences John Holmes has pointed out, were audacious writers of sonnets. (1) I am writing about two sonnets where the neediness of seeing is paramount, Dante Gabriel Rossetti's first Willowwood...
Glorification of the Lowly in Felicia Hemans' Sonnets "Female Characters of Scripture"
Felicia Hemans' religious poetry reaches its apex in Scenes and Hymns of Life, with Other Religious Poems (1834), the last book she published during her lifetime. Although rarely studied, (2) this volume's sonnet sequence "Female Characters of Scripture"...
Modern Love and the Sonetto Caudato: Comedic Intervention through the Satiric Sonnet Form
Science misses an advance for want of a live subject to dissect ... Society must consent to see its members laid bare if it has the will to improve. I can interpret where the mouth is dumb. Speak, and I see the side-lie of a truth....
Of Sonnets and Other Monuments: Picturing Sonnets of the Nineteenth Century
In 1839, one of the oil paintings on display at the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Academy in London was The Sonnet by the Irish-born artist William Mulready (1786-1863). The oil on panel, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, shows a young man and...
"Pyramids of Egypt": Shakespeare's Sonnets and a Victorian Turn to Obscurity
Scorn not the Sonnet; Critic you have frowned, Mindless of its just honours; with this key Shakespeare unlocked his heart. (1) In literary value Shakespeare's sonnets are notably unequal. Many reach levels of lyric melody and...
Sonnet-Image-Intertext: Reading Rossetti's the Girlhood of Mary Virgin and Found
In a letter to George Rae in 1873, Dante Gabriel Rossetti reflected on the practical difficulty of displaying his sonnets written to accompany his paintings: "An inscription is much more difficult to do properly than a picture. If it is a bit too large...
"Thy Woman's Hair, My Sister, All Unshorn": EBB's Sonnets to George Sand
Elizabeth Barrett Browning revered the fiction of George Sand, feeling such a kinship with her French female contemporary that she described her to Mary Russell Mitford as "the greatest female poet the world ever saw" (my italics). (1) As Marjorie...

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