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The poem is WMR's. It clearly is placed so as to
form a small unit with Coventry Patmore's essay on Macbeth, which immediately follows it. WMR undertook
the poem—at DGR's urging—to accompany the
drawing by Madox Brown which precedes it in The Germ as frontispiece. DGR was supposed to do
the poem but failed to produce anything. WMR began the poem around
mid-March (see Fredeman, The P.R.B. Journal, 63). The obligatory character of the work shows
through in its distinct lack of vigour. Nonetheless, the poem is an
interesting early example of a genre that DGR would make one of his
special forms: the poem on the subject of a picture.
First printed in The Germ no. 3,
The poem accompanies Ford Madox Brown's Cordelia, which appears in an etching as
frontspiece to the third number of