As a critic, the Poet Buchanan

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1871
Rhyme: a3 a3 b2 b2 a3
Meter: iambic
Genre: limerick

Scholarly Commentary


DGR wrote several versions of this limerick, the first in 1871 when the controversy over Buchanan's hostile review of DGR's 1870 Poems was published. Another very different version, which WMR called “unpublishable”, was dashed off some years later.

A general commentary on DGR's limericks and their context is available.

Printing History

WMR was the first to publish the limerick, in his 1911 edition: see 1911 (page 275).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 37z-1869.raw.xml