The term Victorian age is often used to cover the whole of the nineteenth century. Queen Victoria came into the throne in 1837. And this era gave rise to numerous exceptionally talented scholars. The two famous female poets along with their details have been discussed below.
Christina Georgina Rossetti was a victorian woman poet who wrote a variety of Romantic, devotional, and children’s poems. Rossetti began writing down from 1842, initially mostly imitating her favorite poets. From 1847 she began experimenting with verse forms such as sonnets, hymns, ballads, drawing narratives from the Bible, folklore, and the lives of the saints. Her most famous collections ‘Goblin Market and other poems’ appeared in 1862. It received widespread critical praise, establishing her as the main female poet of the time. With the death of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in 1861, Rossetti was her natural successor.’ Goblin Market can be seen as an allegory about temptation and salvation, a commentary on Victorian gender roles and female agency, and work about erotic desire and social redemption.In1892, Rossetti wrote ‘The face of the Deep’, a book of devotional prose. Her poetry collections include’ ‘ The prince’s Progress and other Poems,’ Speaking Likenesses’,’The Political Works of Christina Rossetti’etc. Some critics and scholars of the twentieth century and post twentieth century began to explore Freudian themes in her work, such as religious and sexual redemption. Her work strategy influences writers like Virginia Woolf, Ford Madox Ford, Philip Larkin, and Hopkins. Her fictions include Common Plays and other Stories’
Another famous Victorian female poet was Elizabeth Barrette Browning. She was one of the most prominent poets of the victorian era. Her first known poem was written at the age of six-‘On the Cruelty of Forcement to Man’Her first collection of poems essay on Mind with Other Poems was published in 1826 and reflected her passion for Byron and Greek politics. She opposed slavery and published two poems highlighting the barbarity of slaves and her support for the abolishionalist cause. The poems opposing slavery include’ The RunwaySlave at Pilgrim’s Point’, and ‘A Curse for a Nation’.In the first, she describes the experience of a slave woman who is whipped, raped, and made pregnant as she curses the slaves. In 1838′ The Seraphim and Other Poems’ appeared, the first volume of Elizabeth’s mature poetry to appear under her own name. Between 1841and 1844 Barrett Browning was prolific in poetry, translation, and prose. The poem’ Cry of the Children’ published in Blackwood’sMagazine condemned child labor and helped to bring about child labor reforms. In 1844, she published two volumes of poems which included ‘A Drama of Exile’, ‘A Vision of Poets’, and ‘Lady Geraldine’s Courtship’.Two of her most famous poems were ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese’ and ‘Aurora Leigh’.Much of her work carries a religious theme. She was interested in theological debates, had learned Hebrew, and read the Hebrew Bible. In ‘Aurora Leigh’ She created the character of a strong and independent woman who embraces both work and love. A five-volume scholarly edition of her works was published in 2010, the first in over a century.