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The Realms of Verse 1830-1870: English Poetry in a Time of Nation-Building

Matthew Reynolds


The poets of the mid-19th century lived in a time of ‘nation-building’. This book brings that political and intellectual context to life. It shows that the Italian Risorgimento raised questions about community and individual liberty which were especially problematic for subjects of the multi-national United Kingdom, and argues that these questions are at the heart of the poetry of Robert and Elizabeth Browning, Tennyson, and Clough. Their long poems characteristically tell stories about marriage, investigating the symbolic and actual interactions between that personal union and national unity. ... More

Keywords: poetry, nineteenth century, Risorgimento, individual liberty, Browning, Tennyson, Clough, national unity, formal control, political government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198187127
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187127.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Reynolds, author
St Anne's College, Oxford
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