Between Ghent and Bruges (Wednesday night, 24 October)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1849 October 24
Rhyme: abbaabbacdcede
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet

Scholarly Commentary


Although not an important work, the sonnet is an interesting piece for the ironical way it treats the Pre-Raphaelite ideology of significant detail. The PRB and Ruskinian program of pictorial exactitude implied, as this sonnet's negative space indicates, a conviction in the spiritual significance of aesthetic precision.

Textual History: Composition

Composed late in October 1849 toward the end of DGR's and Hunt's trip to Paris and Belgium.

Printing History

The sonnet was not published until 1900 (in volume 7 of WMR's Siddal Edition ). It was then collected in 1911 (page 270).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 37-1849.raw.xml