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GRE Literature: Victorian Poets

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1. English poet - noted for his mastery of dramatic monologue. In his best works people from the past reveal their thoughts and lives as if speaking or thinking aloud.

2. Hopkins - Poem in couplets - one line longer than a sonnet. Fall of mankind - Margaret is a pear

3. Tennyson - Lotophagi - a fabulous people who occupied the north coast of Africa and lived on the lotus - which brought forgetfulness and happy indolence. They appear in the Odyssey. When Odysseus landed among them - some of his men ate the food. The

4. Gerard Manley Hopkins - the bird is often read as an image of Christ

5. A British Victorian poet and Jesuit priest. Much of his historical importance has to do with the changes he brought to the form of poetry. Traditional rhythmic structure is based on repeating groups of two or three syllables - with the stressed sylla

6. Hopkins - This is a curtal sonnet (an eleven-line (or - more accurately - ten-and-a-half-line) sonnet - but rather than the first eleven lines of a standard sonnet it consists of precisely of the structure of a Petrarchan sonnet shrunk proportional

7. One of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era. Most famous line - How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Her poetry was widely popular in both England and the United States during her lifetime. A collection of her last poems was published

8. Tennyson. Interesting theme of the individual'S relationship to the community - the need for activity as rejuvenating force - kind of Victorian imperial and fraternal masculinity expressed here - Written as a pastoral elegy like Milton'S Lycidas and

9. Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Nine books of blank verse; first-person narrative from the scholarly Aurora'S perspective. Called 'a novel in verse' by its creator - shifts from reporting past events to giving accounts of the present in a diary-like for