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ENAM 0420 Poetry of the Victorian Era

The course explores the development of English poetry in the Victorian era, from its beginnings in the wake of the Romantic movement, through a variety of modes, types and genres, up to the fin-de-siècle. Poets are read both for intrinsic literary merit and for an appreciation of the wider culture of the time.

Sample Topics

  • Scott, Lay of the Last Minstrel
  • Tennyson, In Memoriam, Idylls of the King
  • Robert Browning, The Ring and the Book
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
  • Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market
  • Hopkins, selected verse
  • Hardy, selected verse
  • Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol


 Introductory Reading:

  • Bristow, J., ed., The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000
  • Hughes, L.K., The Cambridge Introduction to Victorian Poetry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010
  • O’Gorman, F., ed., Victorian Poetry: An Annotated Anthology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2004
A life-changing experience
My semester at CMRS was a life-changing experience. With the backdrop of the beautiful and historically-relevant Oxford, I read, wrote, and learned mo...
Jason Martin, Spring Semester 2011, Albion College