[Dominic Carlone has kindly shared Snatched Away in Beauty's Bloom, his elegantly designed Hallam site at the University of Windsor (from which this document comes), with readers of the the Victorian Web.]
Hallam's short career coincided with the beginning of the Victorian era in British literature. However, the tide of British Romanticism had just begun to ebb.
As a critic Hallam voiced theories which anticipated future Victorian trends, but as a poet he was a devout disciple of Romanticism. He borrowed ideas, images and phrases from Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley and Keats freely. His themes were also indebted to the Romantics. Consequently, at its best, Hallam's poetry displays the virtues of Romanticism beautifully. On the other hand, he was often guilty of the Romantic excesses which later Victorian writers tried to correct.
Last modified 7 April 2000.