Victorian Poetry Spring 2019 Dashboard


Students in Dr. Joshua King's Victorian Poetry (Spring 2019) seminar are doing original research on rare items at the Armstrong Browning Library related to poets and poetry on the course syllabus.  In addition to blog posts on rare items that will be published separately on the 19CRS website (, students will contribute entries related to their projects to a shared class timeline and map.

Galleries, Timelines, and Maps

Posted by Joshua King on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 12:18

Students will each submit one map entry related to their rare-item projects.

Note to students: Please see "Digital Timeline and Map Guidelines" on Canvas.

Posted by Joshua King on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 12:17

Students will each create one entry related to their rare-item projects.  

Note to students: please see the "Digital Timeline and Map Guideliens" on Canvas.

Individual Entries

Posted by Nikki Thompson on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 00:38

Arthur Henry Hallam died in Vienna on September 15, 1833. His body was then sent from Dover (on the east coast of England) to Clevedon Church (on the west coast), where he was buried on January 3 of the following year. Tennyson makes allusions to Clevedon Church in In Memoriam A.H.H. In poem XVIII, Tennyson writes that “where he in English earth is laid / And from his ashes may be made / The violet of his native land” and “Among familiar names to rest / And in the places of his youth.” These lines reference Hallam’s familiarity with Clevedon, his mother's family home. In poem XIX, he writes: “The Danube to the Severn gave / The darkened heart that beat no more” referencing the fact that Hallam’s body was sent from Vienna to Clevedon. Note the church’s proximity to the water. Tennyson incorrectly imagines the body coming from the Danube directly to the Bristol Canal...

Chronology Entry
Posted by Nikki Thompson on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 23:35
Chronology Entry
Posted by Laura Southern on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 14:58
Posted by Laura Southern on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 12:17

Matthew Arnold died on April 15th, 1888 from a heart attack. As a renowned poet and critic of sociocultural topics such as the intersection of faith and religion, it is interesting to note that a Bible verse is displayed on the grave marker he shares with his wife, Frances Lucy Arnold. The chosen verse is Psalm 97:11, which reads: "There is sprung up a light for the righteous; and joyful gladness for such as are true-hearted." The inclusion of a Bible verse on Arnold's grave is significant when considered in the context of Arnold's increased push for the moral purpose of the Church of England during the last decade of his life. Additionally, the positive and bright imagery of Psalm 97 might reveal how Arnold, at the end of his life, grows to believe that faith will return in a different form. The verse can therefore be read as potentially hopeful.

Chronology Entry
Posted by Shaye Widger on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 22:43
Posted by Shaye Widger on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 22:06

In 1884 the Jesuits transferred Hopkins from the beautiful countryside of St. Beuno's to Dublin’s newly formed University College to teach Greek Literature. This displacement became a  tumultuous time for Hopkins. He was overworked, grading nearly 1,000 papers each term, and felt trapped within the confounds of the dirty section of this deary city. He eventually dies here in 1889, one month before he turns 45, from typhoid. As his depression weighs heavily on him here, he becomes increasingly taken with the idea of entropy, the second law of thermodynamics. This law states that useful energy will ultimately unravel to the point of destruction leading to the absence of life. His poem, “Spelt from Sibyl's Leaves” (1886), reflects this idea. He wrote this poem while he taught in Dublin. This impacts the way the reader understands the whole of this poem, for, through techniques, such as the rhyme and the sprung rhythm, Hopkins enables the reader to grasp...

Posted by Marisa Mulloy on Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 22:26

This is the location of Christina Rossetti's church, Christ Church, Albany Street. We know from her work that her faith was developed significantly by the Oxford Movement; we can find ideas of analogy and reserve throughout many of her poems. This church was a place of worship for many Tractarian theologians, and was even led by prominent figures in the Tractarian movement. The importance of the church and Rossetti's faith is undeniable in her work as a poet, and therefore this church is a place of great importance to the work and legacy of Christiana Rossetti. 

Posted by Abbey Haines on Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 22:05

This is the location where Christina Rossetti was born and raised. She was in the Marylebone section of London, the same area that housed Westminster Abbey. Where she lived may have influenced her views on "fallen" women, and these views most certainly influenced her poem "Goblin Market." Yet, the reviewers of her poems missed or overlooked the allusions to fallen women in Rossetti's poems. Rossetti lived in London, and both of these reviews of her work were published in London, making the city an important place for understanding her work.

Chronology Entry
Posted by Abbey Haines on Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 21:26
Chronology Entry
Posted by Destiny Reynolds on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 09:37