- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Persephone Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 23/04/2009
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781903155721
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Review by MariaAlhambra
A delightful example of Victorian narrative poetry, focused on the frustrated love affair of an English flaneur caught in the middle of the Risorgimento in Rome. Claude is a close relative of other disappointed, dissatisfied ennuye and ultimate cowardly egotists that populate the XIX century in Europe (like Oneguin or Frederic Moreau). Clough is very adept at presenting Claude's numerous strategies of self-deceit, as the letters are more like monologues in the Browning mode. Canto 3 is particularly masterful, it is a series of musings that slowly reveal themselves as masks fof Claude's guilt and remorse for not proposing to the girl he loves. The poem deserves to be better known, and the Persepone Books edition is excellent.