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Victorian Periodical Poetry anthology?

We have some summer plans at VPN to move forward with the next phase of the database. We are finalizing out dataset, thanks to the hard work of RAs and a work study, and ready to work with the sample of Victorian periodical poetry we have indexed and curated. Caley Ehnes and I are choosing […]

Mary MacLeod and the Poetry of Religious Surrender

During my work as a research assistant for the Victorian Poetry Network, I came across the poetry of Mary MacLeod in Atalanta, a monthly magazine for middle-class young women published in London from October 1887 until September 1898.  Though Mary MacLeod wrote prolifically in the magazine between 1887 and 1893, she and her poetry have […]

Scottish Women Poets
Scottish Women Poets

How many teachers of Victorian poetry ensure they represent Scottish poetry in their syllabus? Probably women feature heavily on course reading lists, but what about Scottish women poets? And how to define Victorian Scottish women writers in any case? My friend and former colleague Dorothy McMillan edited (with Michael Byrne) the definitive edition of Modern […]

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 […]

Poem of the Month: “The Christmas Child” by Isa Craig
Poem of the Month: "The Christmas Child" by Isa Craig

Isa Craig’s “The Christmas Child” appears in the January 1862 issue of Good Words. The seasonal topic of the poem is suggestive of the diurnal readings practices promoted by Good Words. The explicitly devotional poetry found in the periodical evolved (in part) from John Keble’s extremely popular poetry volume The Christian Year (1827). Keble based his cycle […]

What We’re Working On

We’re fortunate at VPN to have on the team three talented, hard working and enthusiastic students at different stages of their university careers. This post is their answer to the question: “What are you working on now”? A project like VPN and the Victorian Periodical Poetry Database only exists because of the dedication of these […]

CFP: Special issue of Victorian Poetry on periodical poetry

  Victorian Poetry Special Issue: Victorian Periodical Poetry Spring 2014   Edited by Alison Chapman and Caley Ehnes University of Victoria, Canada     Until recently, poetry published in Victorian periodicals was simply ignored. Dismissed as “filler”, devalued as sentimental, and denigrated as popular verse, periodical poetry languished behind serial fiction and the more respectable […]

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!” […]

‘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 […]