Bibliography (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Hyder, Clyde K., ed. Algernon Swinburne: The Critical Heritage. New York: Routledge, 1995. A compilation of contemporary reviews and later criticism, tracing the critical reception of Swinburne’s work. Includes an introductory essay providing an overview of his life and writings.
Louis, Margot K. Swinburne and His Gods: The Roots and Growth of an Agnostic Poetry. Buffalo, N.Y.: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1990. Divided into two sections, “Sacred Elements” and “The New Gods,” this ambitious work explores the mythological overtones of demons and angels, violence and harmony, and the individual and God in Swinburne’s poems.
McGann, Jerome J. Swinburne: An Experiment in Criticism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1972. Emphasizes New Criticism, which looks beyond a given text to the author’s life and environment for interpretation. Provocative and comprehensive discussions of Swinburne’s use of language, the social context of Poems and Ballads, and autobiographical ambiguity.
Maxwell, Catherine. “Beneath the Woman’s and the Water’s Kiss: Swinburne’s Metamorphoses.” In The Female Sublime from Milton to Swinburne: Bearing Blindness. New York: Manchester University Press, 2001. Traces John Milton’s influence on Swinburne and other Victorian poets. Argues that these poets attain vision at the cost of “symbolic...
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