- 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
Robert Browning’s poem, The Ring and the Book (1868–69), reflects on the difficulty of balancing evidence and argument that is essential to just judgement. This article examines Browning’s moral, rhetorical, and rhythmical handling of balance throughout the poem.
Ross Wilson is Lecturer in Literature at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of Theodor Adorno (2006), Subjective Universality in Kant’s Aesthetics (2007) and editor of The Meaning of ‘Life’ in Romantic Poetry and Poetics (2008). He is currently working on a monograph entitled Shelley and the Apprehension of Life.
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