A Bloom in Hope's Garden

William Michael Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1848
Rhyme: abbaabbacdecde
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet


◦ Paull F. Baum, Dante Gabriel Rossetti: An Analytical List of Manuscripts in the Duke University Library With Hitherto Unpublished Verse and Prose. (Durham: Duke UP) 1931, 14-16, 56-65

◦ Frances Winwar, “Dante Gabriel's or William Michael's? (An Attempt to Establish the Authorship of Some Rossetti Sonnets Published by the Duke University Press)”, PMLA XLVIII (March 1933), 312-315

Scholarly Commentary


This is one of the group of sonnets that DGR wrote to rhymes set by WMR. The brothers played this verse game with each other between 1847-1849, and principally in 1848. The rule was that the sonnet should be written quickly, in five to ten minutes (see 1911, pages 673-674 ). Eighteen survive, fourteen of which were published by WMR in his edition of 1911, pages 263-267 . Paull Franklin Baum published the rest in his Analytical List of Manuscripts in the Duke University Library pages 56-65 , among which was this poem.

Although all of the sonnets first published by Baum are in DGR's autograph, Frances Winwar has argued that a number of them are not DGR's but WMR's. This is one of the nine Winwar assigns to WMR. The manuscript has, however, substantial revisions by DGR.

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