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  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (19 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140445781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140445787
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.9 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Karlin is Professor of English Literature at University College London. He is co-editor, with John Woolford, of 'The Poems of Browning' and editor of the selection of Browning's poetry published in the Penguin Poetry Library.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yetifeet77 on 25 Feb. 2011
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Great range of Victorian poems which my lecturer at Stafford College loves. Includes many poems which other anthologies over look or ignore. No annotations, just an introduction, but a great book nevertheless.
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By mrs g garrett on 7 Oct. 2014
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Victorian Verse Flops Again 19 Mar. 2001
By J. Farrell - Published on Amazon.com
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Penguin has brought out this new volume to replace George MacBeth's eccentric and useless volume in the Penguin Classics series. But Karlin's production is equally dismal. These books, though theoretically aimed at a non-specialist audience, seem actually constructed for the amusement of exclusively donnish readers. Many of the most powerful and important achievements in Victorian poetry are ignored by this volume. Among the missing are: "The Scholar-Gypsy," "The Triumph of Time," "The Defense of Guenevere," and "Wessex Heights." The Ring and the Book is entirely unrepresented as is Empedocles on Etna. At the same time the volume includes great lumps of unpoetic babble. Clough's dull prosings are allotted 40 pages by Karlin while D. G. Rossetti is ludicrously restricted to 6! The Arnold selection is hopelessly unrepresentative, but Karlin manages room for such waxwork poetry as the following: I can read of thee,and find out/How thou fliest fast or slow;/Of thee in the north and south too,/Of thy great moustachioed mouth too,/And thy Latin name also (from Mary Howitt, The Dor-Hawk). Or the reader can thrill to Thomas Miller's The Ant-Lion: Then get into the sand his head,/Give it a bite and he is dead. The Ant-Lion has, perhaps, had some say in the construction of this anthology.After the misfire of MacBeth's volume, I would have thought Penguin would have been careful to publish a volume that its potential readers would have welcomed. They won't welcome this.
Has so many good poems in it 25 May 2014
By sarah scow - Published on Amazon.com
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This was required for a Victorian Poetry class but I kept it after the semester ended because the poetry is great and it is organized well.
Would be a good gift for poetry lovers or readerly people.
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Not to yield 1 Nov. 2005
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
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For the non-expert in Victorian poetry there is a rich and varied selection. Not only the heart of Victorian poetry, that is Browning and Tennyson, but also those whose place is really before but lived in the period as Wordsworth and those whose place is after but had their beginnings there, as Yeats. There are many names and poems of those whose work is not much read today.

There is however also Meredith's full Sonnet sequence, and a considerable amount of Elizabeth Barret Browning, and Rossetti.

I conclude the review with favorite lines of mine from my favorite Victorian Poem, Tennyson's 'Ulysses'

"Thou much is taken/much abides/ And thou we are not that strength/which moved Heaven/That which we are we are/ One equal temper of heroic hearts/ Made weak by time and fate/But strong in will/To strive, to seek, to find/And not to yield.
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