Hence, it can also be called a fusion of romantic and realist style of writing. Do not reprint it without permission. It is this existential doubt that, like Hardy, made Hopkins a favorite among the Modernist writers who would later discover his work.
He saw machinery and the Industrial Revolution as engines of destruction, stripping people of their very humanity. Huge amounts of wealth were created, and the spirit of the times discouraged the regulation of business practices.
The Victorians loved the heroic, chivalrous stories of knights of old and they hoped to regain some of that noble, courtly behaviour and impress it upon the people both at home and in the wider empire.
He also actively questioned the relevance of modern institutions, in particular organized religion. Though the Victorian Age produced two great poets Alfred Lord Tennyson and Robert Browning, the age is also remarkable for the excellence of its prose.
The level of social consciousness and immediate relevancy one finds in much of Victorian writing was something not witnessed before in English letters.
The best example of this is Alfred Tennyson 's Idylls of the Kingwhich blended the stories of King Arthurparticularly those by Thomas Malorywith contemporary concerns and ideas.
What one thinks of as feminism today had not yet taken form in the Victorian period. Dickens made full use of the serial format, and his novels betray the episodic arrangement of their original publication method.
The influence of Dickens was so severe that every novelist who came after him had to work under his aesthetic shadow. Mechanization and steam power led to ruthless efficiency, while more often than not the poor suffered under the weight of the capitalist middle class. The Victorian Web offers a wealth of information on Victorian literature.
Another skilled poet who is often considered a precursor to Modernism is Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Supernatural and fantastic literature[ edit ] The old Gothic tales that came out of the late 19th century are the first examples of the genre of fantastic fiction.
Rather, a literary period more closely resembles a rope that is frayed at both ends. The old Gothic tales that came out of the late 19th century are the first examples of the genre of fantastic fiction.
The writings of British citizens who lived and wrote about their experiences in parts of the Empire became popular. This self-induced coma gradually lifted, and by mid-century most poets had moved away from the abstractions and metaphysical tropes of the Romantics and fashioned a more down-to-earth, realistic kind of verse.
Society, in general, became prudish in regard to sex. If there is one transcending aspect to Victorian England life and society, that aspect is change — or, more accurately, upheaval.
Part of his appeal certainly owed to the fact that his literary style, while always entertaining, put the ills of society under the microscope for everyone to see.
Everything that the previous centuries had held as sacred and indisputable truth came under assault during the middle and latter parts of the nineteenth century.
Samuel Butler Book Characteristics of Victorian poetry Victorian Poetry was also indifferent from the already stated style. Until the Victorian Period, the novel had been frowned upon as a lesser form of writing, incapable of the sublime reaches of lyric poetry.
Thomas Hardy must be regarded as a key forerunner of the Modernist Movement in literature. While this formula was the basis for much of earlier Victorian fiction, the situation became more complex as the century progressed.
Nearly every institution of society was shaken by rapid and unpredictable change. Compiling folk tales by many authors with different topics made it possible for children to read literature by and about lots of different things that interested them.
More manufacturing required more coal to be mined from the ground. Victorian literature is literature, mainly written in English, during the reign of Queen Victoria (–) (the Victorian era).
It was preceded by Romanticism and followed by the Edwardian era (–). Survey the prominent literary trends of the Victorian Age. Mostly Victorian age marked as reigned of Queen Victoria (). This age plays a very distinguished role in the history of English literature/5(2).
Literature Network» Literary Periods» Victorian Literature Victorian Literature Defining Victorian literature in any satisfactory and comprehensive manner has proven troublesome for critics ever since the nineteenth century came to a close.
Literary tendency of Victorian literature: special reference to Lord Alfred Tennyson and Robert Browning An Introduction to Victorian Period: The Victorian era is generally agreed to stretch through the reign of Queen Victoria ().
Understanding Literary Periods. So, we're talking about Victorian literature, and it's good to keep in mind that all literary periods, or movements, are really just a scholarly construct to help readers understand and classify literature from different time periods or that have been written in different styles.
Victorian Era Literature Characteristics As is quite evident from the title the kind of literature that evolved during the reign of Queen Victoria is famously known as the Victorian era literature. The literature of the Victorian age () entered a new period after the romantic revival.Literary tendency of victorian literature special