Nineteenth-Century Pornography Criticism: Pornography And Censorship - Essay

Criticism: Pornography And Censorship

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Haworth, H. E. “‘The Virtuous Romantics’—Indecency, Indelicacy, Pornography and Obscenity in Romantic Poetry.” Papers on Language & Literature 10, no. 3 (summer 1974): 287-306.

[In the following essay, Haworth discusses censorship and self-censorship surrounding the poetry of the Romantics, claiming that the Romantic poets and their critics anticipated the puritanical sensibilities of the Victorians.]

While revising “The Eve of St. Agnes” for publication, Keats decided to make his narrative line clearer to his readers by adding a stanza early in the poem explaining the rites Madeline is about to undertake, and also by making the sexual...

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