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Poem of the Month
Poem of the Month: William Michael Rossetti’s “Shelley’s Heart”
Poem of the Month: William Michael Rossetti's "Shelley's Heart"

  The poem for this month comes from The Dark Blue, a title we’re indexing at the Database of Victorian Periodical Poetry that was a short-lived wonder (5 volumes from 1871 to 1873) but, nevertheless, significant. The Dark Blue drew its name from an earlier periodical, the even briefer Dark Blue: An Oxford University Magazine, […]

Poem of the Month: Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat”
Poem of the Month: Edward Lear's "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat"

Edward Lear, “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat”                     I.               1  The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea               2    In a beautiful pea-green boat:               3  They […]

Poem of the Month: Christina Rossetti’s “Who has seen the wind?”
Poem of the Month: Christina Rossetti's "Who has seen the wind?"

  Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you: But when the leaves hang trembling The wind is passing thro’. Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I: But when the trees bow down their heads The wind is passing by. My five-year-old son asked me yesterday what made the wind. This was […]

Poem of the Month: Christina Rossetti’s “In an Artist’s Studio”
Poem of the Month: Christina Rossetti's "In an Artist's Studio"

                                      Dante Gabriel Rossetti drew numerous pictures of his model, muse and later wife Elizabeth Siddal. The Rossetti Archive exhibits many portraits from 1850-1861, such as those given here. When his sister Christina’s poem “In an Artist’s […]

Poem of the Month: Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott”

As students begin their new Fall classes in Victorian poetry, I thought I’d choose Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott” as my poem of the month for September, with the question: does the poem work as the first “Victorian” poem, as courses traditionally place it? What would happen if we start our Victorian poetry syllabus in […]

Poem of the Month: Amy Levy’s “Ballade of an Omnibus”
Poem of the Month: Amy Levy's "Ballade of an Omnibus"

Amy Levy is experiencing a revival. And it’s about time. An important late-century Anglo-Jewish poet, Levy wrote technically accomplished, radical poetry, as well as several novels and periodical essays, and was a member of important politically active literary circles in London (including Karl Pearson’s “A Men and Women’s Club”). She was the first Jewish woman […]

Poem of the Month: July
Poem of the Month: July

“Two Streams” / L.C.C. Yes, they are bright and sparkling in their flow, The sunlight dances on their crystal tide; Those streams to drink of which ye stoop so low, To track whose course ye wander far and wide; But hear ye not the solemn warning strain? “Who of these waters drinks shall thirst again!” […]

Poem of the Month: June

“The Palace of Pan” / A. C. Swinburne Inscribed to my Mother September, all glorious with gold, as a king In the radiance of triumph attired, Outlightening the summer, outsweetening the spring, Broods wide on the woodlands with limitless wing, A presence of all men desired. Far eastward and westward the sun-coloured lands Smile warm […]

Poem of the Month: May

Christina Rossetti, “May” I cannot tell you how it was, But this I know: it came to pass Upon a bright and sunny day When May was young; ah, pleasant May! As yet the poppies were not born Between the blades of tender corn; The last egg had not hatched as yet, Nor any bird […]

Poem of the Month April

Robert Browning, “Home-Thoughts, from Abroad” 1 Oh, to be in England 2 Now that April’s there, 3 And whoever wakes in England 4 Sees, some morning, unaware, 5 That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf 6 Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf, 7 While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough 8 […]

Poem of the Month March

SONNET. INEZ TO MANUEL. I think of thee !—and all my Soul is made The subject of that one most Sovereign Thought: That Thought is me!—thus thou art me!—sole sought And only chosen one!—the adored!—the obeyed!— That Thought, methinks, when Life must flower-like fade, Shall first rise up to heaven!—sublimely fraught With Immortality, not then first […]

Poem of the Month February

Poem of the Month – February The Visiting Sea by Alice Meynell As the inhastening tide doth roll, Home from the deep, along the whole Wide shining strand, and floods the caves, —Your love comes filling with happy waves The open sea-shore of my soul. But inland from the seaward spaces, None knows, not even […]

Poem of the Month: January

The poem of the month for January is Thomas Hardy’s “The Darkling Thrush”.