Chapter 4. A Literature In Time

  1. Philip Davis

Published Online: 19 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304619.ch4

Why Victorian Literature Still Matters

Why Victorian Literature Still Matters

How to Cite

Davis, P. (2008) A Literature In Time, in Why Victorian Literature Still Matters, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304619.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 19 SEP 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135788

Online ISBN: 9781444304619



  • a literature in time;
  • John Stuart Mill and truth-value of syllogistic logic;
  • poetic alternative;
  • Henry Lyte's Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861);
  • William Barnes - great exemplary narrative of sacramental relationships personally lived out;
  • problems of Victorian poetry, In Memoriam – which has no beginning;
  • Victorian literature, Mrs Gaskell's Cranford - merely sentimental in our low-affect society;
  • Tennyson in “Tears idle tears”- the sadness and strangeness of a death-bed


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Prose Ways

  • The Poetic Alternative