'Deeply unpoetical' was how Matthew Arnold described the Victorian period; and many of his contemporaries would have agreed. Even to later generations poetic achievement from 1830 to 1890 seems dwarfed by the great burgeoning of the novel.However, "English Poetry of the Victorian Period" demonstrates the very real diversity and richness of Victorian poetry. This was the era of Tennyson, the Brownings, Arnold, Swinburne, Clough, the Rossettis and Hopkins - poets who not only wrote with distinctly original voices, but who also reflected the deeper tensions of their time. Bernard Richards balances detailed analysis of individual poets and works with a broader perspective of the poetic spirit of the age. Two new chapters have been added to this revised edition, on nonsense poetry and women poets. He characterises the Victorian age as one of tremendous poetic wealth, related to but different from the Romantic period which preceded it and the Modernist period which followed it.
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Books in the Longman Literature in English series provide readers with a critical introduction to the major genres in their historical context. This new edition of the popular survey of English poetry in the Victorian period demonstrates the very real diversity and richness of Victorian poetry and covers some of the great poets of the age - Tennyson, the Brownings, the Rosettis and Hopkins. English Poetry of the Victorian Period, 1830-1890 balances detailed analysis of individual poets and works with a broader perspective on the poetic spirit of the age. There are examinations of, among many other topics, love poetry, the elegiac, Victorian satire, nonsense poetry and women poets,
Readers interested in the poetry and criticism of the Victorian period.Review:
"Richards's expertise in poetry of all periods and grades has informed a critical judgement that results in a genuine new history of Victorian poetry." Victorian Studies
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