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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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Other Poetry

Other Poetry

(p.323) Other Poetry
Modern Love and Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads

George Meredith

Yale University Press

This chapter takes a break from the study and examination of the form and content of mid-Victorian poetry. Instead, it compiles poems that exemplify key elements of Meredith's verse: social commentary, sensory detail and synesthesia, narrativity, and the sonnet form. The chapter looks at poems such as Coventry Patmore's “The Angel in the House” or Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti's sonnets in order to identify certain similarities and patterns that emerge and are linked with Meredith's poetics. As is evident from the previous chapters, “Modern Love” takes inspiration from the traditional sonnet form, but also challenges and experiments with its form, thus turning it into something more modern. The chapter furthermore compares the steps and structures that each of these poets used in their composition of their sonnets, and how each one influenced the other.

Keywords:   Mid-Victorian poetry, Meredith's verse, social commentary, Coventry Patmore, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, Modern Love, sonnet form

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