Conventional females were considered to be second class citizens who
were expected to refrain in conveying their natural feelings and
emotions. Women were also socially neglected, as they were expected to
remain at home whilst their respective husbands ensured the upkeep of
the family by managing the family finances. The male population at
this point in time ignorantly viewed women as coy, innocent
characters, seemingly unaware that women had the same feelings and
emotions as themselves.
At the time in which poets like Robert Browning lived, the majority of
marriages were arranged. Property and power were two main factors
which influenced negotiations for marriage between the two families of
the bride and groom. As the bride was unable to provide land, she was
expected to take a substantial amount of money to the marriage, which
in turn, was given to the father of the groom. In this respect,
daughters were considered to be a financial burden on their parents,
hence their decision to get their daughter married into a wealthy
family as soon as they could.
During the Pre 1900 period of history, many Victorians had become
desensitised to violence, yet wouldn't allow their views on
controversial aspects of 'showbusiness' to be released into their
various social circles, in a bid to upkeep their public persona. In
public they were formal, and lived by a strict moral code, whereas
secretly, in the comfort of their own homes, they had become
fascinated by sexuality, violence and scandal.
Robert Browning was one of the great poets of the Victorian age.
Having been fortunate to experience the happiness of mutual love, he
wrote moving love poetry, ...
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...mood and negative language to reflect a
dark, unhappy mood.
'I met a lady in the meads...'
'On the cold hill's side...'
Stanza 9. Line 4
The poem is actually quite sad because the poet truly fell in love
with the faery and hoped his love was requited, but the faery was
infact taking him for a fool and did not really care about how much
she hurt the knight in the process of her fun and games. At the time
of writing the poem, Keats must have been feeling strong emotions to
link enchantment and magic to love and its effects on others.
The poems that we have studied were written in the Pre 1900s, and the
majority share the same conventions - jealous lovers, love triangles
and violence. Enthralling poems like these, along with plays of
similar plotlines, fed the hunger of the majority of Victorians for
more sexuality, violence and scandal.
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