The Lyric in Victorian Memory

Poetic Remembering and Forgetting from Tennyson to Housman

  • Veronica Alfano

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Veronica Alfano
    Pages 1-57
  3. Veronica Alfano
    Pages 325-326
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 327-372

About this book


This book is a study of nineteenth-century poems that remember, yearn for, fixate on, and forget the past. Reflecting the current critical drive to reconcile formalist and historicist approaches to literature, it uses close readings to trace the complex interactions between memory as a theme and the (often-memorable) formal traits – such as brevity, stanzaic structure, and sonic repetition – that appear in the lyrics examined. This book considers the interwoven nature of remembering and forgetting in the work of four Victorian poets.  It uses this theme to shed new light on the relationship between lyric and narrative, on the connections between gender and genre, and on the way in which Victorians represented and commemorated the past.


Poetry Nineteenth Century British Literature Memory Studies Rossetti

Authors and affiliations

  • Veronica Alfano
    • 1
  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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