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Maude Clare Summary & Analysis
by Christina Rossetti

Maude Clare Summary & Analysis
by Christina Rossetti

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"Maude Clare" tells the story of an aristocrat named Lord Thomas who chooses to marry the wholesome Nell, a seemingly ideal Victorian bride, over the bold Maude Clare, whose reputation has been ruined as a result of her previous romance with Lord Thomas. Using the traditional ballad form, the poem elevates this Victorian love triangle into a tragic tale of sexism and hypocrisy. By depicting the spurned Maude Clare with sympathy—and turning an unflinching gaze on the callous, consequence-free actions of Lord Thomas—"Maude Clare" reveals the misogynistic double standards at the heart of Victorian society.

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