The Idyls of Strawberry Banks is Featured Book for June 2010

The Idyls of Strawberry Bank. Poems by Daniel Augustus Drown is a small book of victorian poems, published in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and printed for the author in 1873.
Poetry of the Victorian era is often seen as a bridge between the romantic era and the modernist poetry of the next century. Victorian Poetry was an important period in the history of poetry, providing the link between the Romantic movement and the modernist movement of the 20th Century. Though, the Victorian Age produced two great poets Tennyson and Browning, the age is also remarkable for the excellence of its prose.
To see this tome, visit Special Collections on the second floor of the Glenn Bartle Library and ask for PS1554. D6 I3.

The literature of this era expressed the fusion of pure romance to gross realism. There was social change and as such during this era and many poets of this time didn’t like the romanticized version of society. Literature of this age tends to come closer to daily life which reflects its practical problems and interests. Victorian literature seems to deviate from “art for art’s sake” and asserts its moral purpose. For example, during the Victorian era, people became aware of the grave social injustices in their world and the literature tends to deal with more serious and realistic subjects, such as social injustices. Victorian poetry marks society’s progression from the carefree notions of Romanticism to a state of social awareness and reform.
The Victorian era is often also considered as an age of doubt and pessimism. The influence of science is felt here. The whole age seems to be caught in the conception of man in relation to the universe with the idea of evolution. Though, the age is characterized as practical and materialistic, most of the writers exalt a purely ideal life. It is an idealistic age where the great ideals like truth, justice, love, brotherhood are emphasized by poets, essayists and novelists of the age.