Boos, Florence S. “Style in The House of Life.” In The Poetry of Dante G. Rossetti. The Hague, the Netherlands: Mouton, 1976. Covers a wide range of topics, including influences on Rossetti, the development of his mannered style, and the way in which his style reflects guilt over his illicit affair with Jane Morris.
Gates, Barbara. “Revising The House of Life.” Victorian Poetry 21, no. 1 (Spring, 1983): 65-78. Using sonnets that remained unpublished in either the 1870 or 1881 edition, Gates attempts to define Rossetti’s principles of revision and selection.
Helsinger, Elizabeth K. Poetry and the Pre-Raphaelite Arts: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2008. Focuses on the close relationship between Rossetti’s poetry and his visual art and design, comparing his aesthetic concerns to those of poet-artist William Morris. Assesses the influence of Pre-Raphaelite poetics on other poets.
Holmes, John. Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Late Victorian Sonnet Sequence: Sexuality, Belief, and the Self. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2005. After The House of Life was published in 1870, many other Victorian poets produced sonnet sequences. Holmes explains the reasons for the popularity of this genre, assesses the genre’s contribution to Victorian-era poetry and culture, and describes...
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