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Fighting Talk: Victorian War Poetry

Matthew Bevis

in The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559602
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559602.013.0002

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Fighting Talk: Victorian War Poetry

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This chapter examines Victorian war poetry and considers how its form as well as its content enacts a divided attitude to war. It studies poetic theory as well as practice, discussing the poetry of Browning, Arnold, Hopkins, Tennyson, Hardy, Housman, Kipling and others. The chapter also considers how the protean figure of the soldier comes of age in Victorian culture and poetry, and attempts to make a case for the complexity of nineteenth-century imaginings of war.

Keywords: Victorian war poetry; Browning; Arnold; Hopkins; Tennyson; Hardy; Housman; Kipling; war; the solider

Article.  13193 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (19th Century)

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