Kenneth Crowell Science misses an advance for want of a live subject to dissect . . . Society must consent to see its members laid bare if it has the will to improve. 1 I can interpret where the mouth is dumb. Speak, and I see the side-lie of a truth.2 n 1885, when asked by william Sharp about the form of the sonnets of Modern Love, one of which he wished to include in his forthcoming anthology, Sonnets of this Century, George Meredith responded: "the Italians allow of 16 lines, under the title of `Sonnets with a tail.' But the lines of `Modern love' were not designed for that form."3 And that was that. From that time and into the present, critical conversation has not been overly concerned with the formal considerations of Meredith's poetry, but rather, has seemed content to weigh by varying measures his talent as a novelist.4 More recent criticism of the Meredith corpus that does take account of the poetry seems to limit itself to three overlapping projects: establishing Meredith's relative modernity; passing judgment--both positive and negative--on a poetics often characterized as prosaic; and weighing in on what Ioan williams summarizes as Meredith's
Victorian Poetry – West Virginia University Press
Published: Feb 3, 2010
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