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The author traces Shakespeare's influence on nine Victorian poets: Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Christina Rossetti, Thomas Hardy, Matthew Arnold, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Algernon Swinburne, Arthur Hugh Clough, and George Meredith.

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CHRISTINA ROSSETTI: Goblin Market - '...One had a cat's face, One whisk'd a tail, One tramp'd at a rat's pace, One crawl'd like a snail, One like a wombat prowl'd obtuse and furry, One like a ratel tumbled hurry scurry.' / Brian Froud

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Magickal properties: Ivy is carried by women (and brides) for good luck. Wherever it is grown or strewn, it guards against negativity and disaster. Use ivy in fidelity and love charms. Ivy is magickally paired with Holly.

from the Guardian

The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 – in pictures

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