One of the great ages of poetry speaks for itself in this compendious anthology: the variety and power of Victorian verse, the innovation and creativity with which poets both reflected and resisted the attitudes of their era are keenly demonstrated. The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse brings out in its introduction by Christopher Ricks, and brings home in its selections that the old pleasure of condescending to Victorian poetry is paltry in comparison with the ever-new pleasures of being delighted, moved, and touched by it.
Ricks shows how misguided this narrow and pejorative view of Victorianism has been, affecting our conception of the kind of poetry appropriate to the age. By taking a simple definition of Victorian verse, as that written during the reign of Victoria, he demonstrates what a great variety of poetry and poets the period produced. Dramatic monologue, nonsense verse, light verse, nature poetry, and the "poetry of feeling," were all written at this time; and alongside such great figures as Browning, Tennyson, Swinburne and Hopkins, we also find the likes of Thomas Hardy, Emily Bronte, John Clare, Matthew Arnold, William Barnes, Oscar Wilde, and Edward Lear.
An unprecedented feature of the anthology is the respect shown to the integrity of the 560 poems: poems are here printed in their entirety, excerpts being made only of those lines to which the poet gave a distinct autonomy. And four substantial masterpieces are reproduced in full: Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark, Edward Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Christina G. Rossetti's Goblin Market, and Arthur Hugh Clough's superb verse-novel of love, society, and revolution, Amours de Voyage.
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About the author
Christopher Ricks is Professor of English at Boston University, and editor of The Poems of Tennyson (revised edition). His critical works include Keats and Embarrassment, Tennyson, and The Force of Poetry.
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch's original Oxford Book of Victorian Verse (1912) reflected the end of an age in which Owen Meredith and Alexander Smith had seemed to some not unworthy of mention along with Arnold and Tennyson. Ricks's slimmer volume includes 34 poets not in "Q" but omits about 100 others. Unlike "Q" he does not let the lyric dominate. The two editors' tastes seldom agree. Ricks's Browning is almost a totally different creature from "Q's," for example. Ricks is more generous to Clough and to the Decadents, but slighting to Morris and Arnold. His substantial selections from Emily Bronte, Clare, Barnes, and Christina Rossetti reflect their increased reputations today. While general collections should all add Ricks, those retaining "Q" should dust him off and keep him available in order to represent fully Victorian verse and changing attitudes toward it. Barbara J. Dunlap, City Coll . Lib., CUNY
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