On a Darkling Plain

Victorian Poetry and Thought

by James Haydock



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/27/2008

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 384
ISBN : 9781434343697
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 1
ISBN : 9781467861601

About the Book

Speaking the deepest and truest thoughts of humankind in the language available only to the gifted, the Victorian poets elected to do more than merely sing as versifiers. By coming to grips with thorny contemporary issues and suggesting workable solutions, they struggled to lead their people out of the wilderness. Tennyson, who came to be known as the voice of Victorianism, is the poet most often credited with this ambition. But Matthew Arnold and the other major poets had a similar aim. Their poems, while not devoid of feeling, are charged with the main currents of social, scientific, religious, and philosophical thought. Interwoven and resonating in sensuous song is their own thought. The best of the poetry fits the word and thought to the troubling developments of the time and rises to a prophecy to predict the problems of our time.



About the Author

James Haydock was born in South Carolina, grew up in North Carolina, and lived later in many parts of the USA. After college he served four years in the Air Force, receiving his master’s degree from Baylor University while still on active duty. Later he lived and worked in Denver and Los Angeles and attended the graduate school of UCLA before taking a job as a technical writer in a local aircraft company. Leaving that job, he returned to the University of North Carolina where he had received his bachelor’s degree, and there earned a Ph.D. in Victorian Studies. Afterwards, for nearly thirty years, he wrote and published and taught as professor of English in the University of Wisconsin. After retirement he published Portraits in Charcoal: George Gissing's Women (a biographical study), Stormbirds (a novel), and Victorian Sages (on the prose of the period). His current book, On a Darkling Plain, is a meticulous study of Victorian poetry and thought.