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The Victorian Era. Finding a representative poem difficult, because:. Romantic/Victorian distinction not sharp long era--lots of poetry and it varied “representative” implies a unified entity, but the Victorian era was the one which called unity into question.

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The victorian era l.jpg

The Victorian Era


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Finding a representative poem difficult, because:

  • Romantic/Victorian distinction not sharp

  • long era--lots of poetry and it varied

  • “representative” implies a unified entity, but the Victorian era was the one which called unity into question


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Era of exposure to other ways of thinking:

  • Railroads

  • Age of Empire


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Era of rapid change:

  • Industrialization

  • Political reform

  • Beginnings of women’s movement

  • Beginnings of religious doubt on wide scale

  • Progress


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So the representative poem…

  • Could represent doubt and fragmentation directly, e.g. “Dover Beach”

  • Could invoke issues of perspective and point of view in its form: dramatic monologue

  • In comparison, then...


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