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Angel in the House
Title : Angel in the House
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Language : English
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 107

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Angel in the House Reviews

  • Deborah Markus

    "Well, why not just take one quick look?"The foolish reader asks herself,And plucks another ghastly bookInto her lap from off the shelf."What is this rhyming scheme I see?Annoying, and a bit singsong.First A, then B, then A, then B –Good heavens, where did I go wrong?""Where are the books of fun and joy,The books that would bring me delight?Why do I read this sexist goyAs soon as I conclude Twilight?""Research," I murmur with a sigh."This book will help my novel work.That's why I read this sex [...]

  • Margaret

    i hope i never come across this poem again as long as i live so help me God

  • J. Alfred

    Uh-- what does one say? CS Lewis liked this work. Woolf hated it. It's a pretty smarmy and arrogant (unerringly male-centered) treatise on domestic love which yet gets close to profound and charming at points if one is willing to allow for smarminess and arrogance. It's probably best read as a historical kind of document. The poetry (100 pages of at times clunky long-meter style ballad stanza) certainly won't strike anyone as worthy of writing home about.

  • Sofia

    I'm not sure what is more tragic: the fact that nineteenth century society was championing this repressive ideal of women, or the fact that Patmore's poem is not satirical.Either way, I am beyond grateful for the modern period that blessed us all with the brilliant mind of Virginia Woolf to fight off the spectre of Victorian respectability and kill the Angel in the House.

  • Brooke

    Classic early Victorian work, prior to suffrage and socialist movements.

  • Sasurappu

    Plodding and twee, and that's before getting to the actual content of the poem. It reads like a parody of a bad Victorian love poem, but alas, it's the real deal.

  • Mary Ronan Drew

    First published in 1854, Coventry Patmore's narrative poem, The Angel in the House, hit a Victorian nerve and the woman he described became, as supermodels in fashion magazines are for some of us today, the ideal woman, the woman men wanted for their own.The Angel was based on Patmore's wife, Emily, who apparently was a very smart and possibly manipulative woman. She had him convinced she lived only for him and was almost abjectly self-sacrificing. Many Victorians, men especially, found this fig [...]

  • Kevin

    Embarrassingly backwards in some of its assumptions, yes, but Patmore's vision of love is nevertheless worth experiencing for what he does get right. More than passable verse, with only a forgivable metrical misstep here and there. This piece is demonized today by those who haven't read it, but who really cares about that sort of critic?

  • Lucy

    What do I think, asks the review page. I think Patmore was a self-deluding creep, that's what, and not a very good poet either.