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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!” […]

19th-Century Digital Humanities Working Group
19th-Century Digital Humanities Working Group

At THATCamp2011, here at UVic (10-11 May 2011), I facilitated a session on Nineteenth-Century DH, during which we talked about creating a possible discussion forum for those working specifically in the area. I’m working on a circulation list of interested people, so if you’d like to be included please let me know. And if you […]

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 […]

New article round-up

Here’s a round-up of some recent essays on or relating to Victorian poetry. If anyone has seen a publication not listed here, or would like to announce their own publication, please let me know (or go ahead and make your own post). Women’s Studies 40: 4 (2011) is a special issue on 19th-Century Women Writers […]

Conference Review: Modes of Transport: Travel Writing and Form, 1780-1914
Conference Review: Modes of Transport: Travel Writing and Form, 1780-1914

Poetry played a significant role in the conference Modes of Transport: Travel Writing and Form, 1780-1914, held at King’s College, London, on 26 and 27 May 2011. Kathryn Walchester’s paper “Treading in Man’s [Textual] Footsteps: Nineteenth-Century British Women Travel Writers in Norway” charted a shift from citations of poetry as a way of validating travel […]

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 […]

Special issue of Victorian Poetry: Robert Browning among the Victorians – and After

Next year’s summer issue of Victorian Poetry (2012, 50.2) will celebrate the Bicentenary of Browning’s birth. The issue will contain a roundtable discussion on the state of Browning studies involving Isobel Armstrong, Sandra Donaldson, Daniel Karlin, Warwick Slinn, Herbert Tucker and John Woolford. The editors, Mary Ellis Gibson and Britta Martens, are looking forward to […]

More on Victorian Prosody special issues

Yisrael Levin has already announced to VPN readers his forthcoming special issue of Victorian Poetry, co-edited with Meredith Martin, on Victorian prosody. This issue is paired with another forthcoming special issue in The Hopkins’ Quarterly for Winter-Spring 2011 (vol. 38, nos 1-2) on Hopkins and prosody. I thought readers would like a sneak preview of the […]

The allure of Keats’s grave
The allure of Keats's grave

Poems on Keats’s grave proliferated in the nineteenth century like the flowers (and, later, feral cats) that populated his resting place. In her study Poetical Remains: Poets’ Graves, Bodies, and Books in the Nineteenth Century, Samantha Matthews points out that the graves of Keats and Shelley, situated near one another in the Cimiterio Acattolici (or […]

The Bothie of Toper-Na-Fuosich as Transatlantic Poem

Taking my cue from Alison Chapman’s fascinating blog about Toru Dutt as well as other transnational 19th-century poetry associated with Britain (I studiously avoid “Victorian” for the nonce), I want to approach Arthur Hugh Clough’s 1848 Bothie of Toper-Na-Fuosich in analogous terms.  The Bothie is transnational in its very setting and plot.  It turns on […]

‘Little Things’: Poetry, the Periodical Press, and Good Words

Over the past 9 months, I have read a lot periodical poetry, focusing on the illustrated (and unillustrated) poetry published in the Cornhill Magazine, Once a Week, and now Good Words.  My research has surprised me as I am beginning to understand periodical poetry as central to the development and cohesion of a periodical’s literary […]