He sings alone: hybrid forms and the Victorian working-class poet

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In 1868, Alexander Wallace paused in his introduction to the life and works of Janet Hamilton, a respected Scottish working-class poet, to note his subject's interest in literary parlour games: "Janet asked us if we had ever tried the writing of Cento verses, which she characterized as a pleasant literary amusement for a meeting of young friends in a winter's night."
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-541
Number of pages19
JournalVictorian Literature and Culture
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009


  • working-class
  • Victorian
  • poetry

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