Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 3, Fall

"Appraise Love and Divide": Measuring Love in Augusta Webster's Mother and Daughter
The measurement of love in sonnets, particularly Victorian sonnets, is a familiar, if under-examined, trope. "I love you, sweet: how can you ever learn / How much I love you?" a lover asks his beloved in Dante Gabriel Rossetti's "Youth's Antiphony,"...
Covent Goblin Market
I am feared in field and town: Goblin, lead them up and down. --A Midsummer Night's Dream (1) Virgins are like the fair Flower in its Lustre, Which in the Garden enamels the Ground; Near it the Bees in play flutter and cluster, ...
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Aurora Leigh is even more prominent than usual in EBB criticism this year, with a new "Reading Guide" and several articles or book chapters treating it from various angles (portraiture, religion, gift-giving, and parallels with Charlotte Bronte's Jane...
General Materials
Seven books are featured here in the general materials section: five monographs, one essay collection, and one anthology. Their subjects range from the Victorians' lively debates over prosody, to the impressive outpouring of English language verse...
Hopkins
Perhaps the most remarkable fact about Hopkins studies in 2011 was the unusually high number of treatments afforded to the sound of his poetry rather than the sense (borrowing the old Pope/Perrine distinction). Given the appropriateness of a topical...
Matthew Arnold
Over the past two years I have reported on recent articles by James Walter Caufield in which he discusses Arnold's "touchstone method"--whereby intuition and concrete examples of poetry are more important than theoretical abstractions-and analyzes...
Robert Browning
The year 2011 brings an exciting range of high-quality work on Browning, including an accomplished literary study by Britta Martens covering Browning's full career, an important book chapter by Charles LaPorte on Browning and the higher criticism,...
Styles of Translation: Hopkins' Bibles
Hopkins was not a success in the pulpit. A chronicle of disappointment is written into his sermon book, recalling among other things the penitent who admitted in the confessional to having slept through parts of Hopkins' homily, and, most excruciatingly,...
Swinburne
More than a century after his death, for the majority of readers, Swinburne was still considered to be the bad boy of Victorian poetry. On the one hand, this view served Swinburne scholarship as it made him stand out among his poetic contemporaries....
Tennyson
Publishing history and inter-arts relationships, prosody, Arthurian tradition, and science were the principal focus of essays and chapters on Tennyson in 2011. No full-length book was devoted to Tennyson, but Martin Blocksidge's biography of Arthur...
The Poets of the Nineties
This year I begin by citing one Nineties writer evaluating work by another. Arthur Machen's review of Wilde's "The Ballad of Reading Gaol," reprinted from Literature, March 26, 1898 (Faunus 21 [2010]: 3-5), is well worth having readily accessible to...
The Pre-Raphaelites
Christina and Dante Rossetti, William Morris, and his friend Edward Burne-Jones were well represented in this year's offerings. The Rossettis In Christina Rossetti: A Descriptive Bibliography (Oak Knoll Press), Martha Ives has prepared a remarkably...
Thomas Hardy
Despite its initial success in the first few decades of the twentieth-century "the greatest of English historical epics" (Nation 26 [1920}: 668-669) went into a decline as the century advanced, despite claims by eminent philosophers and critics that...
Women's Poetry, 2011
A major achievement for the study of Victorian women's poetry is undoubtedly Mary Ellis Gibson's extraordinary Indian Angles: English Verse in Colonial India from Jones to Tagore (Athens: Ohio Univ. Press, 2011) and the companion Anglophone Poetry...

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