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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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finding a representative poem difficult because
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
era of rapid change
Era of rapid change:
  • Industrialization
  • Political reform
  • Beginnings of women’s movement
  • Beginnings of religious doubt on wide scale
  • Progress
so the representative poem
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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