Of My Lady. In Death

Thomas Woolner

General Description

Date: 1849
Rhyme: a4b3b3a4 c3c3a4d3d3a5
Meter: iambic
Genre: ballad


◦ Fredeman 149-150

Scholarly Commentary


The first number of The Germ opened with two poems by Thomas Woolner (1825-1892), the sculptor-poet and minor PRB member. This is the second of the two. Both show the clear influence of DGR's translations from Dante and the other early Italian poets. The style of Woolner's the poem is striking, at once studied and fresh. The effect is of a contemporary poem that has been thoroughly (and deliberately) infused with a set of cultural and aesthetic attitudes associated with a much earlier historical frame of reference.

Woolner eventually published this poem, like its companion, in his volume titled My Beautiful Lady (1863; 2nd ed. 1864; 3rd ed. 1866).

Printing History

First printed in The Germ no. 1, pages 5-9


The poem can be usefully compared with DGR's The Blessed Damozel as well as the early Italian models that stand behind DGR's poem. An early version of DGR's poem appeared in The Germ, no. 2, pages 80-83.

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