Victorian Poetry Now: Poets, Poems, Poetics

Victorian Poetry Now: Poets, Poems, Poetics

Author(s): Valentine Cunningham

Published Online: 12 OCT 2011 01:40AM EST

Print ISBN: 9780631208266

Online ISBN: 9781444340440

DOI: 10.1002/9781444340440

About this Book

This book is the definitive guide to Victorian poetry, which its author approaches in the light of modern critical concerns and contemporary contexts.

  • Valentine Cunningham exhibits encyclopedic knowledge of the poetry produced in this period and offers dazzling close readings of a number of well-known poems
  • Draws on the work of major Victorian poets and their  works as well as many of the less well-known poets and poems
  • Reads poems and poets in the light of both Victorian and modern critical concerns
  • Places poetry in its personal, aesthetic, historical, and ideological context
  • Organized in terms of the Victorian anxieties of self, body, and melancholy
  • Argues that rhyming/repetition is the major formal feature of Victorian poetry
  • Highlights the Victorian obsession with small subjects in small poems
  • Shows how Victorian poetry attempts to engage with the modern subject and how its modernity segues into modernism and postmodernism

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