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Special Issue of Victorian Poetry on Periodical Poetry

Victorian Poetry has just issued a special number, edited by myself and Caley Ehnes, on periodical poetry (Spring 2014, 52: 1). Contents: Alison Chapman and Caley Ehnes, “Introduction” Brain Maidment, “Imagining the Cockney University: Humorous Poetry, the March of Intellect and the Periodical Press 1820-1860” Michele Martinez, “Creating an Audience for a British School: L. […]

Call for Protest: Inaccurate, Unfair Assessment of Robert Browning

VPN readers will recall Robert Browning’s bi-centenary this year, and the recent flurry of events organized to mark this important occasion advertised on this website: see here for the round-up post (including news of two major international conferences), here for a blog post calling for more attention to poetry in this bi-centenary year for Browning and […]

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 […]

Victorian Poetry Podcasts

We’ve found some Victorian poetry podcasts that readers of VPN may find interesting and useful for teaching. Did we leave any out? How have you used podcasts for teaching? Please let us know! Poetry Podcasts by Kirsty Blair and Rhian Williams (University of Glasgow): includes podcasts on Robert Browning’s “Porphyria’s Lover” and “A Woman’s Last […]

New book on Robert Browning
New book on Robert Browning

Browning, Victorian Poetics and the Romantic Legacy: Challenging the Personal Voice by Britta Martens Taking an original approach to Robert Browning’s poetics, Britta Martens analyses his work in relation to Romanticism and an evolving Victorian poetic culture. She goes beyond reductive interpretations of Browning as a self-effacing poet to reveal a highly self-conscious, self-dramatising and […]

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 […]