- Introduction: At Work with Victorian Poetry
- Rhyme, Rhythm, Violence: Elizabeth Barrett Browning on Slavery
- Tennyson: Echo and Harmony, Music and Thought
- Browning’s Balancing Acts
- Edward Lear and ‘The Fiddlediddlety of Representation’
- Crime and Conjecture: Emily Brontë’s Poems
- Arthur Hugh Clough: The Reception and Conception of Amours de Voyage
- Matthew Arnold, Out of Time
- Modern Men and Women: Meredith’s Challenge to Browning
- Raising the Dead: Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s ‘Willowwood’ Sonnets
- Christina Rossetti: Ravens, Cockatoos, and Range
- William Barnes: Views of Field Labour in Poems of Rural Life
- Dreaming Reality: The Poetry of William Morris
- City of Pain: The Poetry of James Thomson
- Augusta Webster: Time and the Lyric Ideal
- Swinburne: The Insuperable Sea
- Hardy’s Imperfections
- Hopkins’s Beauty
- Michael Field (Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper): Sight and Song and Significant Form
- Alice Meynell, Again and Again
- Housman’s Difficulty
- Rudyard Kipling Plays the Empire
- Victorian Yeats
- The Passion of Charlotte Mew
Abstract and Keywords
A. E. Housman found difficulties in the world and in his own sexuality, and he also sought them as a poet. This article explores his relation to his period, the nineties, and to modernism by addressing some of the difficulties of the poems. It describes the particularity of the voices we hear in them and the meters Houman devised to achieve a wide range of very precise effects.
Janet Gezari is the Lucretia L. Allyn Professor of Literatures in English at Connecticut College. She is the editor of the Penguin Emily Jane Brontë: The Complete Poems and the author of Last Things: Emily Brontë’s Poems. She is currently working on an annotated edition of Wuthering Heights and writing a book on late style in the work of four contemporary artists.
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