This book presents a selection of the full range of Arthur Hugh Clough's poetry, which explores the tensions of a time of radical changes in the religious, political, and literary landscape. It also includes a detailed introduction and annotations by Shirley Chew.Asked what problems most perplexed 'young men at present' Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861) replied 'a growing sense of discrepancy'. His wry and wise poetry explores the tensions of a time of radical changes in the religious, political and literary landscape. He has a sharp eye for absurdity. Clough was a writer of wide interests and liberal sympathies, vividly idiomatic and sensuous, delighting in the detail and variety of everyday life. His technical dexterity is a delight: the poems encompass satire and lyric, dialogue, plot and contemporary reference. His narrative poem he Bothie of Tober-Na-Vuolich and the epistolary Amours de Voyage have the momentum and social precision of novels, capturing a precise image of the Victorian world of the 1840s. This volume includes a generous selection of the full range of Clough's poetry, with a detailed introduction and annotations by Shirley Chew.
A Note on the Text
Qui Laborat, Orat
Why should I say I see the things I see not?
Duty-that's to say complying
Is it true, ye gods, who treat us
The Latest Decalogue
In the Great Metropolis
Easter Day (Naples, 1849)
It fortifies my soul to know
To spend uncounted years of pain
Say not, the struggle nought availeth
On grass, on gravel, in the sun
Ye flags of Piccadilly
Where lies the land to which the ship would go?
That out of sight is out of mind
Upon the water, in the boat
THE BOTHE OF TOBER-NA-VUOLICH
AMOURS DE VOYAGE