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The Victorian Sonnet, from George Meredith to Gerard Manley Hopkins

Regan, S.

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The Victorian sonnet has too often been seen as a poor derivative of the great Renaissance and Romantic achievements in the genre, lacking the stylistic complexity and the political force of its predecessors. Despite its reputation, the Victorian sonnet is deeply preoccupied with questions of social justice and sexual equality. It is also far more innovative and experimental than is generally recognized. The most challenging and innovative sonnets are those written by George Meredith and Gerard Manley Hopkins, both of whom radically transform its scope and structure.

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Regan, S. (2006). The Victorian Sonnet, from George Meredith to Gerard Manley Hopkins. Yearbook of English Studies, 36(2), 17-34

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2006-07
Deposit Date May 30, 2008
Publicly Available Date May 30, 2008
Journal Yearbook of English Studies
Print ISSN 0306-2473
Publisher Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 2
Pages 17-34
Keywords Genre, Social justice, Sexual equality.
Publisher URL http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/mhra/yes/2006/00000036/00000002/art00002

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