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South African National Gallery Manuscript text.
When Caine wrote this sonnet he and DGR were in an intense correspondence about DGR's
, which he was then composing. A particular focus of
interest was DGR's sonnet on Keats, and Caine's sonnet
is itself plainly cast in a Keatsian key. The general allusion to
The central argument is that many poets much influenced by DGR have gained a contemporary
fame that DGR has not. Caine must have most in mind Morris and Swinburne. Caine's prose
note to his sonnet underscores a point that he clearly wants to make, but that the final lines of the sonnet
leave unclear and confused.
The manuscript poem has never been printed.