V. The Fire Smouldering

William Michael Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1849
Rhyme: abbaabbacdeedc
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: bouts rimés sonnet


◦ Fredeman 145-148

◦ Fredeman, The P.R.B. Journal, 46

Scholarly Commentary


This is the fifth of the five poems comprising the second set of WMR's Fancies at Leisure. WMR published this group of five in The Germ no. 3, pages 130-131. Four others had appeared in the second issue. He said that he wrote these poems as bouts rimés in 1849 with John Everett Millais.

Printing History

First printed in The Germ no. 3, pages 130-131.

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