William Morris | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Thomas T. Barker

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of William Morris.
This section contains 6,286 words
(approx. 21 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Thomas T. Barker

Critical Essay by Thomas T. Barker

SOURCE: Barker, Thomas T. “The Shadow on the Tapestry: Irony in William Morris' The Earthly Paradise.The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies 2, no. 1 (November 1981): 111-26.

In the following essay, Barker compares The Earthly Paradise to Alfred Tennyson's “The Lotos-Eaters” and Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene to show that Morris's poem is more ironic than escapist in nature.

A review of the critics' reception of The Earthly Paradise shows that they have identified it with the trend toward escapist art which flourished in the late nineteenth century. Oscar Maurer's study of the work's original reviewers confirms this. Critics did not question Morris' escapism because it seemed easily proven by a literal reading of such passages in the “Apology” as...

(read more)

This section contains 6,286 words
(approx. 21 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Thomas T. Barker
Follow Us on Facebook