Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 1, Spring

"A Very Poetical Town": Newspaper Poetry and the Working-Class Poet in Victorian Dundee
In the assessment of Victorian periodical poetry, newspaper verse has received comparatively little attention. As Natalie M. Houston comments in her important article on newspaper poems, this is partly due to the "privileging of individual authorship"...
"Between Politics and Deer-Stalking": Browning's Periodical Poetry
Robert Browning's best-known comment about publishing poetry in periodicals registers his contempt for it. Contemplating how to present the completed Ring and the Book to Victorian audiences, he consulted William Allingham: "And now! can you advise...
Creating an Audience for a British School: L.E.L's Poetical Catalogue of Pictures in the Literary Gazette
Beautiful Art! my worship is for thee-- The heart's entire devotion. When I look Upon thy radiant wonders, every pulse Is thrill'd as in the presence of divinity. (1) These opening lines of Letitia Elizabeth Landon's Poetical Catalogue...
How Local Newspapers Came to Dominate Victorian Poetry Publishing
The Victorian age was "saturated in verse:" in songs and recitations at home, at work, in the pub, or on the stage; in hymns, at school, in love letters and election squibs; and of course in books, magazines, and newspapers. (1) This article examines...
Imagining the Cockney University: Humorous Poetry, the March of Intellect, and the Periodical Press, 1820- 1860
This essay attempts to read the aesthetically and culturally unambitious verse to be found in the newly proliferating cheap illustrated humorous journals from the 1830s to the 1850s as a significant form of social history. This is not to say that diversionary...
Introduction
I have been so beGemmed and beAmuleted and be-forget-me-notted that I have given all these things up. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson) We beg Somnambulus and others of his stamp to recollect that poetry and verses are not synonymous. ("Notice to Correspondents,"...
"Making Poetry" in Good Words: Why Illustration Matters to Periodical Poetry Studies
In April 1867, a fifteen-stanza poem by Frances R. Havergal entitled "Making Poetry" appeared in Good Words, accompanied by a full-page illustration by Arthur Boyd Houghton (fig. I).1 Houghton's picture gave readers access to an intimate domestic scene...
Time and the Poetess: Violet Fane and Fin-De-Siecle Poetry in Periodicals
The overwhelming variety of discourses, readerships, authors, editors, and paratextual interventions engaged with periodical publications challenges interpretive approaches to poetic taste and cultural value, often discouraging readers who may be further...
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