Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 4, Winter

City-Craft as Poetic Process in Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh
Before a dress waltzed across a ballroom floor, it took shape under a seamstress's needle. Mapping the movement of clothing throughout London, Victorian print culture repeatedly illustrated a dress's mobility across high and low sectors of the city:...
Lionel Johnson's Modern Ruins
Palaces tremble down, or reel To ruin, while the stars in dread Fade far into their quiet deeps, Before the deep destroying roar: Heavenward the costliest incense leaps, And madness falls from Heaven the more. Lionel Johnson,...
Problematic Genealogies: Algernon Swinburne, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Discovery of Francois Villon
The fifteenth-century French poet, Francois Villon, is notable for the frequency with which his poetry has been translated into English, a preference that has claimed for Villon a place in English canonical history. Whether as a result of the tantalising...
Slavish Poses: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Aesthetics of Abolition
Elizabeth Barrett Browning arrived late to the party. By the time her sonnet "Hiram Powers' Greek Slave" appeared in Household Words in 1850, a slurry of similar poetic tributes to Powers's sculpture had been published on both sides of the Atlantic....
Thomas Hardy's Timing: Poems and Clocks in Late Nineteenth-Century England
I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling Or just after. (1) Perception is not blocked, but comes just after, is late. The way to overcome the gap in the search...
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