William Morris | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Charlotte H. Oberg

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of William Morris.
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Critical Essay by Charlotte H. Oberg

SOURCE: Oberg, Charlotte H. “The Apology and Prologue as Overture.” In A Pagan Prophet: William Morris, pp. 25-38. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1978.

In the following essay, Oberg argues that the “Apology” and the Prologue to The Earthly Paradise function to foreshadow and amplify Morris's central poetic themes.

The Earthly Paradise begins with “An Apology” in which the narrator, introducing himself as “the idle singer of an empty day,” foreshadows the substance of his theme, at once evoking and disclaiming the epic tradition of Virgil, Dante, and Milton:

          Of Heaven or Hell I have no power to sing, I cannot ease the burden of...

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