Victorian Poetry
This playlist brings together seven courses on Victorian poetry. The first two provide a general introduction to the poetry of the Victorian period and how to read and analyse it. The next four courses focus on the work of several Victorian poets of note (Tennyson, Browning, Rossetti and Hardy).
 
What this playlist includes:
70 lectures across 7 courses.
All resources designed and delivered by university academics and researchers.
Self-marking quizzes for all lectures, as well as an end-of-topic quiz.
Reading lists, essay questions and extension activities.
Courses and Lectures
1. Victorian Poetry
Prof. Valentine Cunningham
University of Oxford
1.1. Repetition – 10:49
1.2. Presence and Absence – 09:50
1.3. Sadness and Melancholy – 11:34
1.4. Selfhood and the Self – 12:11
1.5. Self-Reflexivity – 11:38
2. Poetry: How to Read and Analyse Poetry
Prof. John Lennard
Independent Scholar
2.1. Metre 1: Rhythm – 12:03
2.2. Metre 2: Scansion – 11:42
2.3. Form 1: Internal Baggage – 10:21
2.4. Form 2: External Baggage – 12:06
2.5. Layout – 12:22
2.6. Lineation – 13:52
2.7. Punctuation – 11:59
2.12. Syntax – 10:53
2.13. History – 11:49
2.14. Biography and Gender – 09:32
2.15. Close Reading and Beyond – 10:10
3. Tennyson: Maud
Prof. Seamus Perry
University of Oxford
3.1. Monodrama – 05:17
3.2. Speculation – 07:03
3.3. Maud Herself – 05:36
3.4. Repetition – 06:43
3.5. The Ending of the Poem – 06:58
3.6. Maud and Other Poems – 06:13
4. Robert Browning: My Last Duchess
Mr Clive Wilmer
University of Cambridge
4.1. Introduction to the Poem – 09:24
4.3. Analysing the Poem – 02:42
4.4. The Duke – 08:43
4.6. Browning's Use of History – 09:31
5. The Poetry of Christina Rossetti
Dr Ross Wilson
University of Cambridge
5.1. Critical Reception – 11:19
5.2. Repetition – 11:17
5.3. Repetition – 09:08
5.4. Expectation – 12:59
5.5. Ambiguity and Uncertainty – 07:14
5.6. Speakers – 11:43
6. The Poetry of Christina Rossetti
Dr Tom Mole
Edinburgh University
6.2. Remember – 13:08
6.3. From the Antique – 10:39
6.4. Echo – 05:54
6.5. Shut Out – 08:02
6.7. A Birthday – 10:59
6.8. Winter, My Secret – 06:10
6.9. Maude Clare – 06:40
6.10. Up-Hill – 08:21
6.11. ‘No, Thank You, John’ – 04:56
6.12. Good Friday – 13:24
6.13. Twice – 08:18
7. The Poetry of Thomas Hardy
Prof. John McRae
Nottingham University
7.2. Her Initials – 04:21
7.3. The Ruined Maid – 07:45
7.4. The Roman Road – 07:01
7.6. Drummer Hodge – 07:32
7.7. The Darkling Thrush – 10:41
7.8. The Oxen – 15:16
7.11. At Castle Boterel – 07:17
7.12. Under the Waterfall – 08:01
7.13. The Voice – 04:50
7.14. The Haunter – 04:03
7.15. Your Last Drive – 08:48
7.16. Afterwards – 06:00
7.17. I Looked Up From My Writing – 07:12
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