Written when Louis-Philippe visited England, on being told that he was the greatest king in Europe

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1847
Rhyme: aabb
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: epigram

Scholarly Commentary


Though a good epigrammatist, DGR did not distinguish himself with this early piece, hitherto unpublished. The only text of the work is a fair copy manuscript written at the end of the fair copy of his elegy on Algernon Stanhope. Known as “the Napoleon of Peace”, Louis Philippe (1773-1850) came to the throne at the revolution of 1830. As with Marx and many others, DGR's contempt for the king was considerable.

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