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For the front page of the course blog, I’ve taken the image from a segment of Edward Burne-Jones’s painting The Mirror of Venus (1875). Here’s a link the the full picture here, and more information about the painter can be found here. Can you tell from the segment that the women are looking at their own reflection in water?

We’ll learn more about the Pre-Raphaelite school, of which this painter was a prominent member, later in the semester. For now, though, I’d like you to think about the importance of looking in poetry, and especially in any Victorian poems you might already have read before the course. Why do so many Victorian poems concern the gaze, mirrors, windows, vistas, voyeurism, staring, stalking…and obsessions?!

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