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Science in neo-Victorian poetry

Science in neo-Victorian poetry

Morton, John ORCID: 0000-0002-9089-7450 (2016) Science in neo-Victorian poetry. Victoriographies, 6 (2). pp. 131-146. ISSN 2044-2416 (Print), 2044-2424 (Online) (doi:

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This article considers the work of three contemporary poets and their engagement, in verse, with Victorian science. Beginning with the outlandish ‘theories’ of Mick Imlah’s ‘The Zoologist’s Bath’ (1983), it moves on to two works of biografiction – Anthony Thwaite’s poem ‘At Marychurch’ (1980), which outlines Philip Henry Gosse’s doomed attempts to unite evolution and Christianity, and Ruth Padel’s Darwin: A Life in Poems (2009). Starting off with John Glendening’s idea that science in neo-Victorian fiction, if fully embraced, provides an opportunity for self-revelation to characters, this article explores the rather less happy resolutions of each of these poems, while in addition discussing the ways in which these poems perform the formal changes and mutability discussed within them.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Imlah, Thwaite, Darwin, Padel, Howard, neo-Victorian, poetry, science, evolution, religion, Browning
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Department of Literature, Language & Theatre
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Literature & Drama Research Group
Last Modified: 03 May 2020 19:32
Selected for GREAT 2016: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 3
Selected for REF2021: REF 3

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