Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 3, Fall

"Charades from the Middle Ages"? Tennyson's Idylls of the King and the Chivalric Code
WRITING OF TENNYSON'S "MORTE D'ARTHUR," THE FIRST OF THE BOOKS that later became Idylls of the King, Leigh Hunt remarked that the poem "treats the modes and feelings of one generation in the style of another, always a thing fatal, unless it be ...
Elizabeth Barrett Browning. (Guide to the Year's Work)
"Mrs. Ogilvy wanted to be with me, very kindly, but I would have nobody ... Then, Robert was with me the whole time till the last five minutes, when Dr. Harding sent him away--he lay on the bed, & I nearly pulled his head off, as the pains came."...
General Materials. (Guide to the Year's Work)
As its title suggests, Women and Literature in Britain 1800-1900, edited by Joanne Shattock, takes on a huge, multifaceted topic, especially since, as Shattock indicates in her introduction, the volume is concerned with "the extent and variety of...
Hopkins. (Guide to the Year's Work)
"To perceive many realities and reveal them to one another is fundamental to human community," writes Bernadette Waterman Ward (p. 268), near the conclusion of her extraordinarily fine, and indeed often deeply inspiring book World as Word: Philosophical...
Lionel Johnson and Arthur Hugh Clough: An Ironic Debt?
A BURDEN OF EASTER VIGIL AWHILE meet Doubt and Faith: For either sigheth and saith, That he is dead To-day: the linen cloths cover His head, That hath, at last, whereon to rest; a rocky bed. Come!...
Matthew Arnold. (Guide to the Year's Work)
Cecil Y. Lang's edition of Arnold's letters (Univ. Press of Virginia, 1996-2001) has been completed, and Arnold scholars everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief now that they will finally have access to a modern edition of correspondence comparable...
Robert Browning. (Guide to the Year's Work)
This year's writing on Robert Browning might take as its motto "accents uncertain." The two books and various articles I discuss here focus on the uncertainties of literary reputation, on the complexities of Browning's meter and language, and on...
Specialized Materials. (Guide to the Year's Work)
The relative success or failure of a book series as a coherent and compelling project can be attributed to any of several factors: the commitment and responsibility of the press involved, the availability of pertinent manuscripts and the solicitation...
Swinburne. (Guide to the Year's Work)
Eager to provide readers of the year's reviews with as much information as soon as possible, I lavished on my 2000 review most of the riches of 2001; last year I discussed Catherine Maxwell's invaluable Swinburne chapter in The Female Sublime from...
Tennyson. (Guide to the Year's Work)
Tennyson's relation to aestheticism, public politics, and twentieth-century literature were lively sites of investigation in 2001. I begin with aestheticism since that enables me to discuss the most important essay of the year, Angela Leighton's...
The Poets of the Nineties. (Guide to the Year's Work)
Several recent books merit attention as important contributions to 1890s studies. First, although its subject would object to the 1890s association--as he did roundly in October 1928 when A.J.A. Symons queried Grant Richards, the poet's longtime...
The Pre-Raphaelites. (Guide to the Year's Work)
The year brought worthwhile articles and scholarly editions to compensate for its scarcity of single-author monographs. Two recent articles on Dante Gabriel Rossetti's poetry offer contrasting psychological and historical approaches. Joseph Bristow's...
"The Strangest Pain to Bear": Corporeality and Fear of Insanity in Charlotte Mew's Poetry
I think my body was my soul, And when we are made thus Who shall control Our hands, our eyes, the wandering passion of our feet? (1) THE POETRY OF CHARLOTTE MEW (1869-1928) STRUGGLES TO ANSWER THIS very question. Through her small but powerful...
"Toms Laocoon": A Newly Discovered Poem by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
ON AUGUST 10, 1821, KEATS HAD BEEN BURIED IN THE PROTESTANT CEMETERY in Rome for six months and Shelley was Byron's guest at Ravenna. Their rather younger contemporary Thomas Lovell Beddoes was staying with his friend, the Rev. Henry Card, at the...
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