Victoria literature refers to English literature from the reign of Victoria. Victoria, as we all know, was the first British Queen. She is also responsible for the English language, and for the way it is spoken in this country. The period after her abdication is known as the Victorian Period. This was a time of great extravagance in England, both in terms of finance and in terms of art. It is also a period when great authorship rose to new levels in literature.
During the late Victorian period, English literature began to change from the more conservative style to the more experimental one. This is perhaps for the most obvious reason: it was during this era that the word romance itself was first used. Romanticism was born. In fact, many modern writers, such as Marlowe, Wordsworth, and Yeats are often referred to as Romanticists. During the Victorian period, romanticism became a popular genre and an important element of English literature.
Gothic literature came later, during the Victorian period. It is similar to modern horror and suspense, with Gothic elements, but the emphasis is on the macabre. It is thought that Gothic came about as a reaction to the materialism of the industrial revolution. It came to have a dark, brooding, often morbid cast, which was common in the late Victorian age. One famous writer who belongs to this genre of literature, whose work can be seen throughout Europe, is Edgar Allan Poe.
Poetry was very important in Victorian literature. Mary E. Frye, for example, is recognized as one of the most important female poets of the late Victorian era. As a matter of fact, she is often referred to as the “English Venus”. Her major work, Every Good Boy Is Missing, changed the face of romance forever. The main character in this novel, Will Suck, is described as a poetic representation of the modern man. His appeal is because of his purity and his ability to act under pressure.
During the same time period, another important female poet, Mary Wollstonecraft, provided many poems that showed the degradation of women during the Victorian period. Some of her finest work, though, was The Making of England. This Victorian poetry belongs in the category of classic literature. The era of Victorian literature is known for it’s villains, which include a villain named villainous Henry VIII, and his reign of terror.
Some of the most influential writers of the Victorian period were responsible for popularizing the era. John Keats is famous for his work on the poet’s life. Oscar Wilde’s prominence is due to the fact that he was one of the few British poets to show sympathy for the poor. Another notable figure in this field of Victorian literature is the lady with a cap. Mary Eggleton is also worth mentioning for her work on floristry.
Though the genre of Victorian literature was dominated by men during the early part of the century, the women of the age were no less prolific writers. Virginia Woolf is perhaps the most well-known British woman at the time. Many of her novels have become famous worldwide. Others include Florence Nightingale, the first woman physician. The great Mary E. Frye became famous as a writer, after writing several sensational tales. These stories often involved the supernatural.
Today, the genre of Victorian literature is recognized for its beauty and romanticism, more than anything else. Several contemporary writers have blended elements of reality and fiction to create works of lasting appeal. Novels like Joanne Simpson’s The Long Ships, or Elizabeth Gaskell’s Anansi Boys are highly successful, having sold millions of copies around the world. In fact, the future of literature may well lie in a blend of modernity with the classic romance.