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The Pre-Raphaelites: From Rossetti to Ruskin Paperback – 1 Jul 2010
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About the Author
Dinah Roe is a lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and a freelance writer whose interests include the nineteenth-century novel, Victorian poetry, and women's writing. Born and raised in the United States, she holds degrees from Vassar College (USA) and University College London. She has written Christina Rossetti's Faithful Imagination (2006), and is currently working on a book about the Rossetti family and their circle. She lives in London.
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Some of the longer poems have only extracts here, but don't worry, such poems as Jenny and The Goblin Market are printed in their entirety. The poems are provided in author groups so that you can just dabble with a poet at a time if you so desire. The poets included are William Bell Scott, John Ruskin, Ford Madox Brown, Coventry Patmore, William Allingham, James Collinson, Thomas Woolner, John Tupper, Walter Howell Deverell, George Meredith, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal, William Michael Rossetti, Christina Georgina Rossetti, Arthur Hughes, William Morris, Algernon Charles Swinburne, John Payne, Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Philip Bourke Marston, and Oliver Madox Brown. Some of these people you wil have heard of and others you will have not which makes this an interesting anthology, as well as the different ways poets treat the same subjects. Admittedly some of the poems are way and above others, but that is to be expected and doesn't really detract from the whole.
I always think that poety is a very personal thing, even more than artwork and novels so different people will have varying views about this selection but on the main I don't think you will be disappointed. If you are into poetry or are studying the Pre-Raphaelites, then this will be a useful book.
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When I decided to buy this book, I thought it was an historical essay about the main Pre-Raphaelites artists, but it is a poems collection of the main Pre-Raphaelites artists, maybe I was a bit distracted or maybe the product description was not accurate enough, I do not remember properly, that is why I rated it with 3 stars.
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The notes are excellent and Roe provides a useful list of books for those wanting to study the circle of poets and artists in greater depth. There are some excellent biographical sketches. The introduction is solid though there are some odd moments (like when Roe compares the Pre-Raphaelites to the Young British Artist movement of the 1990s) and she could have included a few essays on their works--especially from their opponents at the time who are referred to but never quoted in depth.
Despite these minor flaws, this is an excellent work and fills a gap that is sorely needed. This is an impressive collection that can be used in the classroom and outside of it for readers wanting to discover a mostly forgotten--but important--group of poets. Highly recommended.