Explore significant British poets of the Victorian Era

Updated: Jul 27

Alfred Tennyson was another English poet whose well known poems included “The Charge of the Light Brigade” and “Crossing the Bar.” Tennyson stood as summit of poetry in England for nearly half a century. He was the voice of people expression range of emotions and beliefs from doubt and faith to grief and triumph in his work. excellent fusion of romantic and realist style of writing. It was era of materialistic urges, class consciousness, political reforms, industrial revolution, scientific advancement, battle of religion versus science, educational expansion, empire building and popular Victorian architectures (Gothic Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Stick Style, Romanesque Revival, and Shingle Style).

Gothic Revival Building

Italianate Architecture

Shingle Style Architecture


It is well known fact that poetry was popular type of literature. We have witnessed the rise of influential poets who had left their mark in the world. The Victorian Age gifted us with two great poets Robert Browning and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Robert Browning was an English Poet and playwright was famous for his mastery over dramatic verse and his best known twelve book long form blank poem “The Ring and the Book”. He was lover of music, first to introduce dramatic monologue and mostly Browning was known to be undying optimist.

The 19th century saw the emergence of several prominent female poets who laid the groundwork for the rise of women in this field. The leading 19th century female poets were Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Eliot and Christina Rossetti. Christina Rossetti wrote variety of poems with different themes which included religion, feminism, romance and death. Her poem are songlike and tend to have short and irregular rhyme schemes. Moreover, Rossetti was viewed as a typical Victorian poet due to her poetry which reflected her Anglican faith and her thoughts about love and faith. Her poem “Remember” is a deep and ironical poem that has idea about love, death and remembrance.

The 19th century saw the emergence of several prominent female poets who laid the groundwork for the rise of women in this field. The leading 19th century female poets were Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Eliot and Christina Rossetti. Christina Rossetti wrote variety of poems with different themes which included religion, feminism, romance and death. Her poem are songlike and tend to have short and irregular rhyme schemes. Moreover, Rossetti was viewed as a typical Victorian poet due to her poetry which reflected her Anglican faith and her thoughts about love and faith. Her poem “Remember” is a deep and ironical poem that has idea about love, death and remembrance.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning was another prominent English poet and contributed greatly to the English poetry. In her work, she devotedly shed a light over several social issues such as child labor, slavery and oppression of women. She is known for the poems like “Sonnets from the Portuguese” and “Aurora Leigh”.


Mary Ann Evans, known by her pseudonym George Eliot, was an English poet, novelist, translator and journalist. She used male pen name to break the stereotype of female writers to publish lighthearted works in those days. Her work are known for their psychological insight, realism, and detailed description of the countryside. Eliot’s poem “A London Drawing Room” describes an imagined view from the window of a grand house in an opulent part of London where the poet watching people hurrying up without paying attention and beyond this tide of humanity are the houses stretching across the street as far one can see. There are numerous English poets of Victorian era which we can explore and introduce us to their views of world.








Reference:

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/learn/glossary-terms/victorian https://mypoeticside.com/poets/george-eliot-poems https://www.britannica.com/biography/George-Eliot/Major-works

https://mrturnersenglish.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/christina-rossetti- the-greatest-victorian-female-poet/amp/

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/alfred-tennyson https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/robert-browning

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shingle_style_architecture

http://picturesqueitalianatearchitecture.blogspot.com/2013/04/what-do-i-mean-by-italianate.html

https://art-facts.com/famous-gothic-revival-buildings/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Eliot

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Barrett_Browning











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