Letter to William Allingham, 23 July 1854, manuscript
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Document Title: Letter to William Allingham, 23 July 1854
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1854 July 21
Type of Manuscript: corrected copy
Current Location: Pierpont Morgan Library
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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DGR copied the text of two of his poems into this letter of 23 July 1854 to William Allingham (see Fredeman, Correspondence, 54.55). These include the parody of Tennyson's “The Kraken”, “MacCracken”, and “Lost on Both Sides”. The text of the latter varies in notable ways from the text DGR published in 1870 and thereafter.
Textual History: Composition
The parody sonnet was written in November 1853 and sent in a letter to CR at that time (see Fredeman, Correspondence, 53.57); the other, as DGR's letter indicates, on 21 July 1854.