Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Thomas H. Hall Caine

General Description

Date: 1882
Rhyme: abbaaccadedeed
Meter: iambic
Genre: sonnet


Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the South African National Gallery Manuscript text.

Scholarly Commentary


When Caine wrote this sonnet he and DGR were in an intense correspondence about DGR's sequence of “Five English Poets” , 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 “To Autumn” is obvious.

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.

Printing History

The manuscript poem has never been printed.

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