Queer poetry

This anthology of queer Victorian poetry, from the corpus of Digital Victorian Periodical Poetry, features poems by poets known to have identified with or expressed homosexuality and/or non-conforming gender identity, based on evidence from primary historical sources and recent scholarship. For this selection, queer has a capacious meaning: the nineteenth-century sense of questioning, strange, and peculiar, as well as our own contemporary sense of queer as non-heteronormative and non-traditional gender or sexual identity (OED online, queer, adj.1a, 3b). DVPP follows the approach of Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present in acknowledging that gender is a complicated identity to apply to historical figures and their writings. While these selected poems could lend themselves to queer interpretation, a queer expression might not necessarily have been the intention of the poet, nor the understanding of Victorian readers. This poetry anthology is meant as a prompt to inspire further research. (BGL)
Total poems: 15
Poem title Poet(s) Date Periodical id #
The Ring and the Stream. A Drama Dods, Mary Diana (pseudonym David Lyndsay) 1822-01 Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine 9689
A Woman’s Question Procter, Adelaide Anne 1858-02-06 Household Words 1477
In Memoriam. Adelaide Anne Procter Hays, Matilda 1864-04-01 The English Woman’s Journal 1757
How I Read Petrarch Marzials, Theo 1870-03-12 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal 7243
The Sun of My Songs Marzials, Theo 1871-03 The Dark Blue 162
The End of a Month Swinburne, Algernon Charles 1871-04 The Dark Blue 166
To a Friend Leaving England in September Symonds, John Addington 1874-05 The Cornhill Magazine 12028
Palingenesis Gosse, Edmund 1880-04 The Cornhill Magazine 12241
I—Alere Flammam. To A. C. B. Gosse, Edmund 1894-04 The Yellow Book 772
Tree-Worship Le Gallienne, Richard 1894-04 The Yellow Book 768
Δαιμονιζόμενος Benson, Arthur Christopher 1894-04 The Yellow Book 769
A Madrigal Custance, Olive 1895-07 The Yellow Book 818
July Bradley, Katharine Harris (pseudonym Michael Field), Cooper, Edith Emma (pseudonym Michael Field) 1897 Pageant 1102
Renewal Bradley, Katharine Harris (pseudonym Michael Field), Cooper, Edith Emma (pseudonym Michael Field) 1897 Pageant 1132
To One I Love Procter, Adelaide Anne 1897-10-09 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal 12686