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Modern Love and Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads$
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George Meredith, Criscillia Benford, and Rebecca Mitchell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300173178

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300173178.001.0001

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Contemporary Reactions

Contemporary Reactions

(p.175) Contemporary Reactions
Modern Love and Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads

George Meredith

Yale University Press

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.

Keywords:   Modern Love, Victorian poetry, gender equality, poetic realism, sensory processing, George Meredith, R.H. Hutton, Spectator, Parthenon, Morning Post

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