We had a great discussion in our class, linking ideas about poetry as politically and poetically radical with Browning’s “Porphyria’s Lover”.

I’d like you to continue connecting a poem’s genre experimentations with Victorian contexts, and to keep asking questions about the relation of genre to poetic voice.

Can you trace a development in the shifting role of the reader, through the poems we’re studying on the course? How does, for example, “Mariana” figure the act of reading in a way different from “Porphyria’s Lover”?

We talked also in the class about the importance of print culture for poetry, especially in terms of the original print context for both Browning’s poem and the Mill poetics text that we paired with it: The Monthly Repository. (This serial title is, by the way, available online through the library). What would our course anthology looked like if it represented the original print context for the poems — and how would it capture this context?

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