Philip Bourke Marston was, in a sense, raised into Pre-Raphaelitism. Born in the year The Germ launched, Marston grew up alongside the movement. At the age of twenty-one, Marston had the support of both Swinburne and Rossetti in the publication and promotion of his first volume of poetry, Song-Tide and other poems (1871). In this article I will look specifically at the “Prelude” to Song-Tide to argue that Marston attempted early on to demarcate his work from that of the major figures of Pre-Raphaelitism by staking claim to the aural/oral, rather than the visual. In fact, his participation in Pre-Raphaelitism, far from being imitative, helped to steer the movement towards the formalism that would come to dominate the poetry of the later Aesthetic movement.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2016|
- victorian poetry