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THE VICTORIAN POETS Paradox and Progress 1832-1901.

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1 THE VICTORIAN POETS Paradox and Progress

2 THE VICTORIAN POETS Period of growth and change, domestic reform lives of working class improved Reform Bill of 1832 prosperous times growing literacy (compulsory education) Queen Victoria

3 Victorian Society Stuffy, prudish reputation (Hello, Freud! ) Elaborate code of respectability, decorum and morality Response to political turmoil of previous decades Believed life would be improved if it were more refined and rationally organized=PROGRESS Traditional gender roles Great emphasis on personal relationships (marriage)

4 Poetic concepts Realism: capture every day life focused on effects of Industrial Revolution social problems brought to public attention Psychological Realism: inner realities of the mind a blend of Romanticism and realism Naturalism: nature and society are indifferent to human suffering Loved heroic, chivalrous tales of honor reclaiming of the past

5 CENTRAL POETS Alfred, Lord Tennyson ( ) Charles Dickens( ) Robert Browning( ) Elizabeth Barrett Browning( ) Gerard Manley Hopkins( ) Thomas Hardy( )


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