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England’s Victorian period, named for the time of Queen Victoria’s reign (1837-1901), was characterized by dramatic changes, including a shift from an economy based on land ownership to a more modern urban economy based on trade and manufacturing. There was the Industrial Revolution, challenges to religious faith, advances in science, and the changing roles of women. Overall, Victorian England was a time of peace, prosperity, social and technological advances, and sophisticated sensibilities. Victorian poetry reflected this through its interest in visual descriptions, chivalry and nobility, genteel manners, and social norms and practices.

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