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Victorian Literature | Semester I:

Toda04E96B5F-7203-4B69-9C20-699C1E6170C4y, we’re talking university. As with my undergrad studies (first year, second year, third year I & II), I wanted to discuss my modules with you. I love hearing what other people study and I love talking about what I study.

So, my first semester as a Masters student has drawn to a close. It’s been stressful. I’ve cried more times in the last two and half months than I did at undergrad for three years. It’s been a hard transition (I’ll definitely write a post about this at some point). Despite having a breakdown nearly every week, I’ve actually really enjoyed my studies. I’ve learnt so much about my favourite period. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

(I also studied a module called Research Skills but that’s pretty self-explanatory, very boring and was a core module that I had to do).

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Favourite Victorian Poems:

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Instead of recommending you more Victorian novels (see here), I thought I’d pay tribute to a form of literature that I tend to neglect: poetry. It’s not that I don’t like poetry, it’s just not my favourite thing to read. I’d rather read a thousand page realist novel than a few stanzas of poetry – that’s just the way it is. But, amongst the few Victorian poems that I have read, I’ve managed to find a couple that really resonate with me, so I thought I’d share them with you.

Before I get into that, though, I want to pay homage to the Dover Thrift Edition of English Victorian Poetry: An Anthology edited by Paul Negri. This is a brilliant collection of the most celebrated poems and poets of the century. Inside, you’ll find the likes of Emily Brontë, Matthew Arnold, Oscar Wilde and Christina Rosetti, to name but a few. It’s what introduced me to Victorian poetry, and so I want to recommend it to you.

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Poetry Recommendations:

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Since last year, I’ve been reading more and more poetry. This is quite unusual for me. Before my second year of university, I hated poetry. I couldn’t understand it and I found it difficult to find a deeper meanings of the words. This all changed when I was introduced to the likes of William Blake and William Wordsworth; I actually enjoyed reading their poetry and I could easily conjure up new meanings. Since then, I’ve broadened my horizons and came across a lot of different poetry I like. So today, instead of recommending you the usual books, I thought I’d recommend you some poetry.

I’m very particular about my poetry. In that sense, I am a traditionalist. I have tried to read modern and contemporary poetry, but it just isn’t my style. I find poetry that conforms to the more “traditional” conventions much more enjoyable than  the likes of Milk & Honey and The Princess Saves Herself in this One. I praise people who write this type of poetry, but it isn’t convincing for me. Therefore, all of these recommendations are classic poetry (the latest being from the sixties).

Not only this, but a lot of these collections are British. This is entirely down to my own doing. I’m hoping to expand my tastes this year by reading poetry from different countries, ethnicities, backgrounds, etc. If you have any recommendations, please let me know.

Let’s get into it:

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