Matthew Campbell

in The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry

Published in print October 2013 | ISBN: 9780199576463
Published online December 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature


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This article analyzes rhyme in Victorian poetry. It describes the persistence of rhyme in nineteenth-century poetry despite being the most ‘unnatural’ thing about verse. It discusses how Victorian poets learned to perform rhyme as both the necessity and contingency of verse. For Tennyson, Browning and Christina Rossetti, the practice of rhyming verse is a liberal art, both limiting and allowing artistic and ethical freedoms.

Keywords: Victorian poetry; Victorian poets; Yeats; liberalism; freedom; prosody; elegy; nonsense

Article.  8960 words. 

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

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