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on 27 August 2012
A good anthology, with primary and secondary resources surrounding the Victorian period. Great for English Literature students and those studying poetics.
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on 25 April 2011
This annotated anthology is a great book for students and is a recommended text for Staffs Uni. It has an introduction to each poem, some helpful foot notes (but not always where needed!) and has most of the major poets and their poems in. It has Tennyson's 'In Memoriam' unabridged which some anthologies butcher down to fit.

It does have flaws though. The foot notes are not necessarily on what you need to know and sometimes there are omissions of poetry or poets. There is no John Clare for example and only a few Thomas Hardy poems.

However, the book is a quality edition and nicely made with clear print and strong, thick paper... a must for highlighting passages and quotes when revising.

It is a book even non students will enjoy and will keep readers coming back as the poetry is diverse and rewarding to read.
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on 1 July 2014
Arrived in perfect condition, and it was perfect for my Victorian literature module. Thanks.
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on 16 January 2011
I don't usually read much poetry but in the Victorian era so much art is related to it e.g. Tennyson,Morris etc that I decided to get this book.I found it a very good buy.The annotations were very useful in helping to get the full meaning of the poems. The introductions to the poems however sometimes lapsed into floweriness of language and made points which I found unconvincing.That aside I believe it merited the four stars I gave it and I may well buy the book on the Romantics which precedes it in the series.
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on 29 July 2011
Any merit this anthology may have had is utterly lost by the inexplicable decision to abandon all trace of the original poetic and prosodic structure of the poems by centring each line on the page. The anthology is a worthless disgrace and an insult to academic publishing.
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