LINDA K. HUGHES obert Browning's best-known comment about publishing poetry in periodicals registers his contempt for it. Contemplating how to present the completed Ring and the Book to Victorian audiences, he consulted William Allingham: "And now! can you advise me? I'm puzzled about how to publish it. I want people not to turn to the end, but to read through in proper order. Magazine, you'll say: but no, I don't like the notion of being sandwiched between Politics and Deer-Stalking, say." Given Browning's prodigious memory and ambivalence toward Allingham's twelve-part Laurence Bloomfield in Ireland ("`Not so poetical as some of your things--but O so clever'"), this may have been a direct hit at the Anglo-Irish poet. When the second of twelve monthly installments of Allingham's narrative poem in pentameter couplets appeared in Fraser's Magazine in December 1862, it was "sandwiched between" a politically tinged article on "The Present Position of the Church of England" and "Autumn Days" by John Skelton, a personal essay on the joys that the season offered up to the angler and sportsman. Browning's remarks to Allingham on politics and deer-stalking were prefaced by the revelation that "`I began [The Ring and the Book] in
Victorian Poetry – West Virginia University Press
Published: Mar 30, 2014
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