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Notes—Victorian Poetry lecture

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E 316K Lecture Notes—Victorian Poetry 2 nd Exam—just like the first, though covering Pope through Yeats Recap of last lecture The central ‘tree’ in Milton and Darwin, contrasted ‘Biblical Criticism’—systematic scholarship devoted to establishing historical provenance of Old and New Testaments; called into question some received truths about the Bible. Some Victorian novelists to note: Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters (Anne, Emily, Charlotte), William Makepeace Thackeray, Elizabeth Gaskell Alfred, Lord Tennyson—poet Laureate of England; amazingly popular for a serious poet; known for his vowel music, quotable lines. ‘Pre-Raphaelite’ painting—genre known for treating female models as beautiful
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Unformatted text preview: but tragic figures, often in a historical, romantic setting. Matthew Arnold—important poet, (cultural) critic; defined culture as ‘the best that has been thought and said’; ‘bridge’ figure between romantic age and modern era. Arnold feels himself a figure ‘Wandering between two worlds, one dead / The other powerless to be born’. Christina Rossetti—sister of pre-Raphaelite painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti; she was hailed as ‘female laureate’ of England following death of Elizabeth Barrett Browning; best known for ‘Goblin Market’. ‘Goblin Market’—deceptively simple poem; allegorical—but of what? sexuality? temptation? men vs. women?...
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