This chapter compiles and consolidates the contemporary responses to Modern Love and Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads, responses that have ranged from negative to vehement to praise. This split in terms of the book's reception might be due largely to the larger debate regarding Victorian poetry—debates regarding issues of its intelligibility, poetic realism, sensory processing, and gender equality. The chapter thus compiles excerpts that discuss these aspects and conversations regarding Victorian poetry, quoting words from reviews from the likes of the Parthenon (1862), the Spectator (1862), the Athenaeum (1862), the Morning Post (1862), and more. In the Spectator, for example, R.H. Hutton passionately criticizes the work of George Meredith as lacking in harmony between his ideas and his expressions, and lacking in original imaginative power or true sentiment to the task.
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