Victorian Poetry Network "much to do with Victorian poetry"

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Measuring popularity

Tomorrow, 4 October 2013, is National Poetry Day in the UK. This is the beautiful, lyrical, and arresting animation made by Leo Crane to celebrate the 2013 theme of water:   Water, Water: National Poetry Day 2013 from Leo Crane on Vimeo. While there are many festivities planned (see here), what most struck me in […]

More Robert Browning Bicentenary Celebrations

Following the cfp of the Browning conference at the ABL this autumn, here is a round-up of events that are being organized through The Browning Society: 10 March: AGM of The Browning Society, preceded by a visit to Carlyle’s House in Chelsea, London, and followed by a lecture by David Sorenson on Carlyle and Browning […]

Dickens’ Bicentenary: Why the Fuss?
Dickens' Bicentenary: Why the Fuss?

We are entering the era of Victorian bi-centenaries. Robert Browning’s 200th birthday is on 7 May. Edward Lear follows close behind on 12 May. And then there’s Charles Dickens, who reaches his bi-centenary on 7 February. But I expect you already know that, because celebrations on his behalf have been going on for a while […]

Bad poetry or good verse? Felicia Hemans’ “Casabianca”
Bad poetry or good verse? Felicia Hemans' "Casabianca"

The British newspaper The Guardian features, for its current “poem of the week”, Felicia Hemans’ widely anthologised poem “Casabianca”. Its discussion, aimed at the general (educated, literate) reader, focuses on the merits of the poem as poetry, and whether it still deserves to be read. The critic, poet and creative writing professor Carol Rumens, wonders […]

A Response to the TLS Commentary “You Misconceive the Question”

In the 11 February 2011 issue of the Times Literary Supplement, I was delighted to see Paula Marantz Cohen’s essay “You Misconceive the Question” on Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh (1856). As someone working on a new reading guide to that poem, I welcomed the revival of interest. It was nice to see the opening […]

Whether and Whither “Victorian Poetry”? The Dialectics of Field Expansion

I have first of all to thank VPN (and especially Alison Chapman and Chris Foss) for putting Toru Dutt on my radar and Linda Hughes for leading me to see Clough’s 1848 “Bothie of Toper-Na-Fuosich” through a transatlantic lens, since I had always before associated Clough more with Italy through “Amours de Voyage” than with […]