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The “Angel in the House” is a narrative poem by Coventry Patmore. It was first published in and was expanded up to Although its publishing was. The phrase “Angel in the House” comes from the title of an immensely popular poem by Coventry Patmore, in which he holds his angel-wife up as a model for all. Angel in the House has 41 ratings and 9 reviews. Deborah said: Well, why not just take one quick look?The foolish reader asks herself,And plucks anot.

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Women in the Arts and Crafts Movement —published in They are based on her own life in 19th Century America. First published inCoventry Patmore’s narrative poem, The Angel in the House, hit a Victorian nerve and the woman he described became, as supermodels in fashion magazines are for some of us today, the ideal woman, the woman men wanted for their own. Later feminist writers ridiculed the Angel. Each poem is presented as a letter from one character to another.

In transcribing the following material from The Readeran interesting, unfortunately short-lived intellectual magazine of the s, I have used the Hathi Digital Library Trust web version of a copy in the Princeton University Library.

If asked, however, for some justification of our praise, we would direct attention in particular to the brightness, freshness and cheerfulness of the first half of the first volume, as contrasted with the repressed intensity of emotion depicted in the first book of tho second.

However, it gained immense popularity in the United States and then in Britain in a late 19th century. There is even some humor in Patmore’s work. Plus now you know what the book sounds like without all the trouble of reading it. These reflective and lyrical sections are set into a narrative of the growing relationship between the couple, the emergence of a rival suitor, Honoria’s cousin Frederick, who is rejected in favour of Felix, and the couple’s eventual marriage. It is considered more valuable among scholars for its historical relevance and its detailed accounts of gendered separations than it is for its literary value.


After a long and almost painful process of printing and re-printing, casting and re-casting, polishing, erasing, and dislocating, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, the various components of the Angel in the Houseaccompanied by a kite-tail of minor pieces, have ultimately assembled in two handsome volumes, indubitably destined to occupy an honourable place among British classics, and to reach posterity as terse and vivid expositors of some of the finest thought and deepest feeling of our age.

Coventry Patmore’s poem reconsidered”. Patmore elsewhere has it, singing in the lonely recesses of a wood songs Fit for their only listener, heaven — but only the most audible participants in the general concert of all nature, animate and inanimate. Following the publication of Patmore’s poem, the term angel in the house came to be used in reference to women who embodied the Victorian feminine ideal: Although largely ignored upon publication, it became enormously popular in the United States during the later 19th century and then in Britain, and its influence continued well into the twentieth century as it became part of many English Literature courses once adopted by W.

Sep 25, Brooke rated it it was amazing.

That’s why I read this xngel “Well, why not just take one quick look? I think that you are full of poop. This interpretation is shown throughout the poem by the poet.

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Angel in the House by Coventry Patmore

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Plodding and twee, and that’s before getting to the actual content of the poem. How often flings for nought! If you come upon any errors I have missed, please do not hesitate to let the editors of this site know.

They were supposed to be a beacon of morality for their husbands. It was first published in and was expanded up to Also in those days if the wife went against the husband and stood up for something, that action was known to be a sin.

He courts her and wins her and marries her and lives happily ever after. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


The first two poems are forms of a single comprehensible poem and start with the narrator saying his wife that he is going to write a long poem on her.

Victorian Poetry and Modern Life: Apr 23, Margaret rated it did not like it.

Ahgel for having won his position propria Marte [by his own efforts], and left nothing for us but the task of chronicling his success. They were confined to home and were expected to be domestic, innocent and extremely helpless when anything outside the home was concerned. The tasks usually associated with women were learning piano, fine arts, needlework and sometimes hiuse did charity as well, but since they were not exposed to the hardships of the world, it was easy for them to retain their innocence.

The poetry pages of at times clunky long-meter style ballad stanza certainly won’t strike anyone as worthy of writing home about. Christopher Austin rated it did not like it Nov 29, Above all, she was pure. View all 10 comments. The characteristics of the perfect woman also match with the characteristics of an angel.

Angel in the House

However, the difference between God and man is that God forgives. The author shows the husband as an icicle as he is someone who is cold and almost emotionless towards his wife. The first was published with the main title in It reads like a parody of a bad Victorian love poem, but alas, it’s the real deal. The whole poem makes the reader have sympathy for the wife; however, in the end the reader instead of sympathizing understands the wife more.

This article is about the popular Victorian poem. Annoying, and a bit singsong. To borrow an illustration from the motto of “Tamerton Church Tower,” these are respectively as Beauty and Bands, the two staves which Zechariah took unto him when he fed the flock.