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date: 02 April 2020

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This article examines the poetry of Charlotte Mew, and considers how usefully she can be considered as a Victorian poet. Analyzing the poem ‘Fame’ (1913), it explores Mew’s struggles with the legacy of her most important precursor, Emily Brontë. The article suggests that the defining drama of Mew’s poetry is a conflict between tropes of restraint, constraint, and confinement, and tropes of release and freedom. Mew enacts this formally through complex rhyme schemes and varied line lengths.

Keywords: Victorian poetry, women poets, Victorian poems, self, Charlotte Mew

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