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Victorian poetry was read and enjoyed by a much larger audience than is sometimes thought. Publication in widely-circulating periodicals, reprinting in book reviews, and excerpting in novels and essays ensured that major poets such as Tennyson, Browning, Hardy and Rossetti were household names, and they remain popular today. The Cambridge Introduction to Victorian Poetry provides an accessible overview of British poetry from 1830 to 1901, paying particular attention to its role in mass media print culture. Designed to interest both students and scholars, the book traces lively dialogues between poets and explains poets' choices of form, style and language. It also demonstrates poetry's relevance to Victorian debates on science, social justice, religion, imperialism, and art. Featuring a glossary of literary terms, a guide to further reading, and two examples of close readings of Victorian poems, this introduction is the ideal starting-point for the study of verse in the nineteenth century.

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'Hughes' grasp, clarity and intellectual brio is enviable … [there is] splendid reach, penetration and understanding on display in this first-rate new study, which may be recommended to anyone with an interest in the cultural, aesthetic and social implications of Victorian poetry.'

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'By far the most important recent general study of Victorian poetry …'

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'The Cambridge Introduction to Victorian Poetry is comprehensive without sacrificing clarity, depth or readability. Hughes invaluably helps her readers face the new challenges of teaching and studying Victorian poetry in the twenty-first century.'

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Contents

Editions cited
Further reading
Anthologies
Armstrong, I. and Bristow, J.Nineteenth-Century Women Poets, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996
Boos, F.Working-Class Women Poets in Victorian Britain, Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2008
Collins, T. and Rundle, V.The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Poetry and Poetic Theory, Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 1999
Cunningham, V.The Victorians: An Anthology of Poetry and Poetics, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000
Karlin, D.The Penguin Book of Victorian Verse, Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1997
Leighton, A. and Reynolds, M.Victorian Women Poets, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1995
Maidment, B.The Poorhouse Fugitives: Self-Taught Poets and Poetry in Victorian Britain, Manchester: Carcanet, 1987
O'Gorman, F.Victorian Poetry: An Annotated Anthology, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2004
Ricks, C.The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987
General studies and surveys
Armstrong, I.Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics and Politics, London: Routledge, 1993
Armstrong, I. and Blain, V., eds. Women's Poetry, Late Romantic to Late Victorian: Gender and Genre, 1830–1900, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999
Bevis, M.The Art of Eloquence, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007
Bristow, J., ed. The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000
Chapman, A., ed. Victorian Women Poets, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2003
Christ, C.Victorian and Modernist Poetics, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984
Cronin, R., Chapman, A., and Harrison, A., eds. A Companion to Victorian Poetry, Oxford: Blackwell, 2002
Douglas-Fairhurst, R.Victorian Afterlives: The Shaping of Influence in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002
Griffiths, E.The Printed Voice of Victorian Poetry, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989
Harrison, A.Victorian Poets and Romantic Poems: Intertextuality and Ideology, Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1990
Hughes, L. K., ed. “Whither Victorian Poetry?” Victorian Poetry, special issues, 41 (2003), 459–645; 42 (2004), 1–109
Leighton, A.Victorian Women Poets: Writing against the Heart, Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1992
Reynolds, M.The Realms of Verse 1830–1870: English Poetry in a Time of Nation-Building, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001
Shaw, W. D.The Lucid Veil: Poetic Truth in the Victorian Age, London: Athlone Press, 1987
Slinn, E. W.Victorian Poetry as Cultural Critique, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2003
Poetic form
General
Campbell, M.Rhythm and Will in Victorian Poetry, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999
Tucker, H.The Fix of Form: An Open Letter,” Victorian Literature and Culture, 27 (1999), 531–5
Tucker, H.Of Monuments and Moments: Spacetime in Nineteenth-Century Poetry,” Modern Language Quarterly, 58 (1997), 269–97
Dramatic monologue
Faas, E.Retreat into the Mind: Victorian Poetry and the Rise of Psychiatry, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988
Langbaum, R.The Poetry of Experience: The Dramatic Monologue in Modern Literary Tradition, New York: Random House, 1957
Mermin, D.The Audience in the Poem: Five Victorian Poets, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1983
Shires, L., ed. “The Dramatic ‘I’ Poem,” Victorian Poetry, special issue, 22 (1984), 97–226
Sinfield, A.Dramatic Monologue, London: Methuen, 1977
Victorian poetry and classical tradition
Bush, D.Mythology and the Romantic Tradition in English Poetry, New York: Pageant Book Company, 1957
Dentith, S.Epic and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006
Hurst, I.Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006
Jenkyns, R.The Victorians and Ancient Greece, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1980
Markley, A.Stateliest Measures: Tennyson and the Literature of Greece and Rome, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004
Maxwell, C.The Female Sublime from Milton to Swinburne, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001
Prins, Y.Victorian Sappho, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999
Tucker, H.Epic: Britain's Heroic Muse 1790–1910, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008
Turner, F.The Greek Heritage in Victorian Britain, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981
Modern forms and tradition
Bold, A.The Ballad, London: Methuen, 1979
Friedman, A.The Ballad Revival: Studies in the Influence of Popular on Sophisticated Poetry, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961
Janowitz, A.Lyric and Labour in the Romantic Tradition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998
Holmes, J.Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Late Victorian Sonnet Sequence: Sexuality, Belief and the Self, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005
Lootens, T.Lost Saints: Silence, Gender, and Victorian Literary Canonization, Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1996
Mermin, D. “The Damsel, the Knight, and the Victorian Woman Poet (1986),” in Victorian Women Poets: A Critical Reader, ed. Leighton, Angela, Oxford: Blackwell, 1996, 198–214
Phelan, J.The Nineteenth-Century Sonnet, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
Print culture
Altick, R.The English Common Reader: A Social History of the Mass Reading Public, 1800–1900, 2nd edn., Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1998
Armstrong, I.Victorian Scrutinies: Reviews of Poetry, 1830–1870, London: Athlone Press, 1972
Brake, L.Print in Transition, 1850–1910: Studies in Media and Book History, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001
Brake, L.Subjugated Knowledges: Journalism, Gender and Literature in the Nineteenth Century, New York: New York University Press, 1994
Demoor, M.Their Fair Share: Women, Power, and Criticism in the Athenaeum, from Millicent Garrett Fawcett to Katherine Mansfield, 1870–1920, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000
Easley, A.Tait's Edinburgh Magazine in the 1830s: Dialogues on Gender, Class, and Reform,” Victorian Periodicals Review, 38 (2005), 263–79
Erickson, L.The Economy of Literary Form: English Literature and the Industrialization of Publishing, 1800–1850, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996
Fraser, H., Green, S., and Johnston, J., Gender and the Victorian Periodical, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003
Hughes, L. K. “What the Wellesley Index Left Out: Why Poetry Matters to Periodicals,” Victorian Periodicals Review, 40.2 (Summer, 2007), 91–125
LaPorte, C. and Rudy, J. R., eds. “Spasmodic Poetry and Poetics,” Victorian Poetry, special issue, 42.4 (Winter, 2004), 421–583
Ledbetter, K.Tennyson and Victorian Periodicals: Commodities in Context, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007
Roberts, A.Romantic and Victorian Long Poems: A Guide, Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999
Robson, C.Standing on the Burning Deck: Poetry, Performance, History,” PMLA, 120 (2005), 148–62
St. Clair, W.The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004
Poetry, science, technology
Dawson, G., ed. “Science and Poetry,” Victorian Poetry, special issue, 41.1 (Spring, 2003), 1–172
Peterfreund, S.Robert Browning's Decoding of Natural Theology in ‘Caliban upon Setebos,’” Victorian Poetry, 43 (2005), 317–31
Rudy, J.Electric Meters: Victorian Physiological Poetics, Athens: Ohio University Press, 2009
Poetry and religion
Blair, K., ed. John Keble in Context, London: Anthem, 2004
Blair, K. and Mason, E., eds. “Tractarian Poets,” Victorian Poetry, special issue, 44.1 (Spring, 2006), 1–116
Knight, M., and Mason, E.Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature: An Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006
Melnyk, J.Victorian Religion: Faith and Life in Britain, Westport, CT: Praeger, 2008
Melnyk, J., ed. Women's Theology in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Transfiguring the Faith of Their Fathers, New York: Garland, 1998
Nixon, J., ed. Victorian Religious Discourse: New Directions in Criticism, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
Tamke, S.Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord: Hymns as a Reflection of Victorian Social Attitudes, Athens: Ohio University Press, 1978
Tennyson, G. B.Victorian Devotional Poetry: The Tractarian Mode, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981
Wheeler, M.Death and the Future Life in Victorian Literature and Theology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990
Poetry and the heart's affections
Ball, P.The Heart's Events: The Victorian Poetry of Relationships, London: Athlone Press, 1976
Blair, K.Victorian Poetry and the Culture of the Heart, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006
Cronin, R.Romantic Victorians: English Literature, 1824–1840, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002
Edmond, R.Affairs of the Hearth: Victorian Poetry and Domestic Narrative, London: Routledge, 1988
McSweeney, K.Supreme Attachments: Studies in Victorian Love Poetry, Aldershot: Ashgate, 1998
Poetry and empire
Bevis, M. “Fighting Talk: Victorian War Poetry,” in The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry, ed. Kendall, Tim, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007, 7–33
Brantlinger, P.Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830–1914, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1988
Graham, C.Ideologies of Epic: Nation, Empire, and Victorian Epic Poetry, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998
Kiernan, V. “Tennyson, King Arthur, and Imperialism,” in Culture, Ideology, and Politics: Essays for Eric Hobsbawm, ed. Samuel, Raphael and Jones, Gareth Stedman, London: Routledge, 1982, 126–48
King, K. R. and Morgan, W.. “Hardy and the Boer War: The Public Poet in Spite of Himself,” Victorian Poetry, 17 (1979), 66–83
Parry, A.The Poetry of Rudyard Kipling: Rousing the Nation, Buckingham: Open University Press, 1992
Smith, M. Van Wyck. Drummer Hodge: The Poetry of the Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978
Poetic liberties
Boos, F. “‘Nurs'd Up amongst the Scenes I have Describ'd’: Political Resonances in the Poetry of Working-Class Women,” in Functions of Victorian Culture at the Present Time, ed. Krueger, C. L., Athens: Ohio University Press, 2002, 137–56
Boos, F., ed. “The Poetics of the Working Classes,” Victorian Poetry, special issue, 39.2 (Summer, 2001), 103–389
Brown, S.Economical Representations: Dante Gabriel Rossetti's ‘Jenny,’ Augusta Webster's ‘A Castaway,’ and the Campaign against the Contagious Diseases Acts,” Victorian Review, 17 (1991), 78–95
Finn, M. C.After Chartism: Class and Nation in English Radical Politics 1848–1874, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993
Joyce, P.Visions of the People: Industrial England and the Question of Class 1848–1914, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991
Thain, M. and Vadillo, A. I. P., eds. “Fin de Siècle Literary Culture and Women Poets,” Victorian Literature and Culture, special issue, 34.2 (September, 2006), 389–684
Weiner, S. K.Republican Politics and English Poetry, 1789–1874, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
Art for art's sake
Bristow, J., ed. The Fin-de-siècle Poem: English Literary Culture and the 1890s, Athens: Ohio University Press, 2005
Denisoff, D.Aestheticism and Sexual Parody, 1840–1940, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001
Freedman, J.Professions of Taste: Henry James, British Aestheticism, and Commodity Culture, Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1990
Gray, E.The Poetry of Indifference: From the Romantics to the Rubáiyát, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2005
Leighton, A.On Form: Poetry, Aestheticism, and the Legacy of a Word, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007
Marshall, G., ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Fin-de-siècle, Cambridge University Press, 2007
Nelson, J. G.The Early Nineties: A View from the Bodley Head, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1971
Nelson, J. G.Publisher to the Decadents: Leonard Smithers in the Careers of Beardsley, Wilde, Dowson, University Park: Pennsylvania University Press, 2000
Stetz, M., and Lasner, M. S.England in the 1890s: Literary Publishing at the Bodley Head, Washington, D.C., Georgetown University Press, 1990
Thain, M. “Modernist Homage to the Fin de siècle,” Yearbook of English Studies, 37.1 (January, 2007), 22–40
Aurora Leigh
Brown, S.Paradise Lost and Aurora Leigh,” SEL: Studies in English Literature, 37 (1997), 723–40
Laird, H. “Aurora Leigh: An Epical Ars poetica,” in Critical Essays on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, ed. Donaldson, S., New York: G. K. Hall, 1999, 275–90
Mermin, D.Elizabeth Barrett Browning: The Origins of a New Poetry, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989
Reynolds, M., Introduction, in Aurora Leigh, ed. Reynolds, M., Athens: Ohio University Press, 1992, 1–77
Thomas Hardy
Langbaum, R.Browning and Hardy,” Studies in Browning and His Circle, 17 (1989), 15–22
Mallett, P., ed. Palgrave Advances in Thomas Hardy Studies, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
Taylor, D.Hardy's Metres and Victorian Prosody, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988
Taylor, D.Hardy's Poetry, 1860–1928, New York: Columbia University Press, 1981
Taylor, D.Thomas Hardy and Thomas Gray: The Poet's Currency,” ELH: English Literary History, 65.2 (1998), 451–77
Ernest Dowson
Snodgrass, C.Aesthetic Memory's Cul-de-Sac: The Art of Ernest Dowson,” English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920, 35.1 (1992), 26–53
Weiner, S. K.Sight and Sound in the Poetic World of Ernest Dowson,” Nineteenth-Century Literature, 60.4 (March, 2006), 481–509

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