The Ends of Rhyme: Swinburne’s A Century of Roundels and Late-Victorian Rhyme Culture

The Ends of Rhyme: Swinburne’s A Century of Roundels and Late-Victorian Rhyme Culture The Ends of Rhyme: Swinburne’s A entury of Roundels and Late- ictorian Rhyme Culture ADAM MAZEL A roundel is wrought as a ring or a starbright sphere, With craft of delight and with cunning of sound unsought. — lgernon Charles Swinburne, “The Roundel,” A Century of Roundels (1883) Le poète qui commence sa ballade ne sait pas trop ce qu’il y mettra: la rime, et la rime toute seule, lui suggérera des choses inattendues et charmantes, auxquelles il n’aurait pas songé sans elle, des choses unies par des rapports lointains et secrets, et qui s’enchaîneront avec un peu du désordre d’un rêve. — ules Lemaître, “Théodore de Banville” (1885) lgernon Charles Swinburne was always the most French of Victorian poets. In the late 1850s, as an undergraduat Balliol College, Oxford, Swinburne came nder the influence of a French revival oedieval poèmes à forme fixe, such as the ballade, rondeau, rondel, and triolet. hese French fixed verse forms were given their final shapes by their mid- fteenth- entury masters, fi Duke Charles d’Orléans and François Villon; four centuries ater, hese forms ere recovered by the poet and critic Théodore de Banville and the loose cohort of poets known as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Victorian Poetry West Virginia University Press

The Ends of Rhyme: Swinburne’s A Century of Roundels and Late-Victorian Rhyme Culture

Victorian Poetry, Volume 55 (2) – Oct 4, 2017

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The Ends of Rhyme: Swinburne’s A entury of Roundels and Late- ictorian Rhyme Culture ADAM MAZEL A roundel is wrought as a ring or a starbright sphere, With craft of delight and with cunning of sound unsought. — lgernon Charles Swinburne, “The Roundel,” A Century of Roundels (1883) Le poète qui commence sa ballade ne sait pas trop ce qu’il y mettra: la rime, et la rime toute seule, lui suggérera des choses inattendues et charmantes, auxquelles il n’aurait pas songé sans elle, des choses unies par des rapports lointains et secrets, et qui s’enchaîneront avec un peu du désordre d’un rêve. — ules Lemaître, “Théodore de Banville” (1885) lgernon Charles Swinburne was always the most French of Victorian poets. In the late 1850s, as an undergraduat Balliol College, Oxford, Swinburne came nder the influence of a French revival oedieval poèmes à forme fixe, such as the ballade, rondeau, rondel, and triolet. hese French fixed verse forms were given their final shapes by their mid- fteenth- entury masters, fi Duke Charles d’Orléans and François Villon; four centuries ater, hese forms ere recovered by the poet and critic Théodore de Banville and the loose cohort of poets known as

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