Note 1, chapter 2, in the author's Swinburne's Medievalism: A Study in Victorian Love Poetry which Louisiana State University Press published in 1979. It has been included in the Victorian web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright.
For full discussions of the critical reception of Poems and Ballads, First Series, see Clyde K. Hyder, Swinburne's Literary Career and Fame (Durham, 1933). A briefer summary of critical attacks and Swinburne's responses to them appears in the same author's "Introduction" to his edition of major essays by the poet, Swinburne Replies (Syracuse, 1966), 1-13.
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