CHARACTERISTICS OF VICTORIAN POETRY
· Was a reflection of the social, religious, political and moral struggles English citizens faced particularly those of the working class.
· Reflected rapid, social changes which led to a lack of belonging, self-doubt and alienation especially the early poetry.
· Considered the needs of the reader it was objective, realistic and both critical and celebratory of the progress of the age.
· Was varied and diverse it followed no strict style unlike the poetry of the Elizabethan Age. Poets could develop their own style and poetry was highly experimental.
· Portrayed a natural feeling of regret toward a departing faith.
· Used rich detail and description.
· Employed pathetic fallacy.
Pathetic Fallacy: A tendency of writers and artists to ascribe human emotions and sympathies to nature. Used extensively by Lord Alfred Tennyson and Matthew Arnold as an expression of a sense of communication with the natural world and the unity of creation.