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Victorian Songs Lyrics of the Affections and Nature   By: (1849-1928)

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In "Victorian Songs Lyrics of the Affections and Nature," Edmund Gosse takes readers on a journey through the corridors of Victorian poetry, allowing us to explore the emotional and natural landscapes of that era. With his selection of carefully curated poems and insightful commentary, Gosse offers a delightful and thought-provoking experience.

One of the notable qualities of this book is the diverse range of poems it presents. Gosse showcases the works of various Victorian poets, each with their own unique style and voice. From romantic verses to introspective musings, the collection captures the essence of the Victorian era's attitudes towards love, nature, and spirituality. Readers are sure to find something that resonates with their own sensibilities, as this anthology offers a vast array of artistic expressions.

Gosse’s introductions to each poem are a true gem. His commentaries provide valuable context, shedding light on the historical and literary significance of the poetic works. Not only do these insights enhance our understanding and appreciation, but they also give us a glimpse into the intellectual and emotional climate of the Victorian period. Gosse’s scholarly expertise shines through, making this book much more than a simple compilation of poems.

The poems themselves are a testament to the remarkable talent and artistry of Victorian poets. Through vivid imagery and skillfully penned lines, these verses transport readers to moments of profound beauty and contemplation. Whether depicting the awe-inspiring power of nature or the depths of human emotions, the poets captured in this collection excelled in their ability to weave words into unforgettable experiences.

While the book primarily focuses on the sentimental and romantic aspects of Victorian poetry, it also ventures into the sphere of nature and the outdoors. Gosse's inclusion of poems that explore the natural world demonstrates the Victorians' deep appreciation and connection to nature. From serene landscapes to tempestuous storms, these poets viewed nature as a source of inspiration and solace, and their words evoke a sense of awe and wonder.

The only minor drawback of this collection is its limited scope. While Gosse's intention was to curate a cohesive selection, one may crave a broader range of themes and perspectives. However, considering the book's title and purpose, it remains true to its objective—exposing readers to the romantic and naturalistic moods that characterized the Victorian era.

"Victorian Songs Lyrics of the Affections and Nature" is a captivating anthology that presents the best of Victorian poetry. Edmund Gosse's careful curation and insightful commentary provide readers with a deeper understanding of the era's literary and emotional landscape. This book is a must-read for poetry enthusiasts, history buffs, and anyone seeking to explore the richness of Victorian artistry. It is a collection that leaves a lasting impression, showcasing the remarkable talent and enduring relevance of these poetic voices from the past.

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Victorian Songs

"'Let some one sing to us, lightlier move The minutes fledged with music'."


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Victorian Songs

Lyrics of the Affections and Nature


Collected and Illustrated by Edmund H Garrett with an Introduction by Edmund Gosse


Little Brown and Company Boston 1895

Copyright, 1895. BY EDMUND H. GARRETT.

University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge, U.S.A.

[Transcriber's Note:

Some printings of the book have a two page Editor's Note before the Contents, acknowledging the "publishers and authors who have given permission for the use of many of the songs included in this volume"... Continue reading book >>

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