Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Victorian Poetry

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The purpose of this study-unit is to introduce students to the aesthetic, intellectual, and historical contexts of Victorian poetry.

The study-unit will focus on some of the main aspects of the poetry and poetics of the Victorian period in relation to the social, theological, scientific and intellectual ‘movements’ of the times. It will concentrate in particular on an analysis of the poetry of Tennyson and Browning.

The following are for detailed study:

Alfred Tennyson (Selections): ‘The Lady of Shalott’ ‘Mariana’, ‘Oenone’, ‘The Palace of Art’, ‘The Lotos Eaters’, In Memoriam (selected stanzas), ‘Ulysses’, ‘Saint Simson Stylites’, ‘Tithonus’, Maud, The Idylls of the King, ‘The Princess’;

Robert Browning (Selections): ‘My Last Duchess’, ‘Porphyria’s Lover’, ‘Pictor Ignotus’, ‘The Bishop Orders his tomb at St Praxed’s’, ‘Fra Lippo Lippi’, ‘Love Among the Ruins’, ‘Andrea del Sarto’, ‘Caliban upon Setebos’, ‘Two in the Campagna’, ‘Abt Vogler’, ‘Master Hughes of Saxe-Gotha’, ‘A Grammarian’s Funeral’, ‘Rabbi Ben Ezra’.

Reading List:

Armstrong, Isobel, Victorian Poetry (London: Routledge, 1993)
Armstrong, Isobel, ed., Robert Browning (London: Bell, 1974)
Hill, R. W., ed., Tennyson’s Poetry (New York: W. W. Norton, 1999)
Martin, R. B., Tennyson: the Unquiet Heart (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980)
Houghton, Walter, The Victorian Frame of Mind (London: Oxford, 1957)
Ricks, Christopher, Tennyson (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1989)
Woolford, John, Browning the Revisionary (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998)


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Petra Caruana Dingli

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