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Major Poems and Selected Prose

ISBN-10: 0300104995

ISBN-13: 9780300104998

Edition: 2005

Authors: Algernon Charles Swinburne, Jerome McGann, Charles L. Sligh

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Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909) is, with Browning and Tennyson, one of the touchstone Victorian poets. He was a major critic and an important fiction writer as well. Emerging out of the Pre-Raphaelite circle, his bold and innovative work made him both a celebrated and controversial writer at home and a figure of international importance. Hugo, Baudelaire, and Mallarmé were among his great admirers. Jerome McGann and Charles L. Sligh now present a generous sampling of Swinburne’s poetry and prose. This wide-ranging collection satisfies a long need for a comprehensive selection of Swinburne’s work. It is accompanied by learned and critically incisive commentaries and notes.
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List price: $50.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/10/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Poet Algernon Charles Swinburne was born April 5, 1837 in Grosvenor Place, London, but spent most of his boyhood on the Isle of Wight, where both his parents and grandparents had homes. He was educated at Eton and Oxford University but was expelled from Oxford before he graduated. Although some of his work had already appeared in periodicals, Atalanta in Calydon was the first poem to come out under his name and was received enthusiastically. "Laus Veneris" and Poems and Ballads, with their sexually charged passages, were attacked all the more violently as a result. Swinburne's meeting in 1867 with his long-time hero Mazzini, led to the more political Songs before Sunrise. In 1879, with Swinburne nearly dead from alcoholism and dissolution, his legal advisor Theodore Watts-Dunton took him in, and was successful in getting him to adopt a healthier style of life. Swinburne lived the rest of his days at Watts-Dunton's house outside London. He saw less and less of his old friends, but his growing deafness accounts for some of his decreased sociability. He died of influenza in 1909.

Jerome McGann is University Professor and John Stewart Bryan Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

Poetry
Atalanta in Calydon
A ballad of life
Laus Veneris
The triumph of time
Itylus
Anactoria
Hymn to Proserpine
Hermaphroditus
Anima Anceps
A match
Faustine
Stage love
The leper
Before the mirror
Dolores
The garden of Proserpine
Hendecasyllabics
Sapphics
Dedication 1865
Prelude
Hertha
Before a crucifix
Genesis
Locusta
A forsaken garden
Sestina
The complaint of Lisa (double sestina)
Ave atque Vale
Sonnet (with a copy of Mademoiselle de Maupin)
A ballad of dreamland
A ballad of Francois Villon
A vision of spring in winter
The complaint of the fair armouress
On the cliffs
By the North Sea
The higher pantheism in a nutshell
Sonnet for a picture
Nephelidia
Tristram of Lyonesse
In harbour
Plus ultra
Plus intra
On an old roundel
To Catullus
Envoi
To a seamew
Neap-tide
A nympholept
The lake of Gaube
In a rosary
Collected prose
"The monomaniac's tragedy, and other poems, by Ernest Wheldrake" (1858)
"He has chosen to dwell mainly upon sad and strange things" (6 September 1862, Spectator)
Notes on poems and reviews
"Splendid and imperishable excellence"
"The ebb and flow of actual life"
"These poems are coherent and complete as trees or flowers"
"A French critic"
"Thyrsis" and "the forsaken merman"
Michelangelo : "fairer than heaven and more terrible than hell"
"D. G. Rossetti"
"He was born and baptized into the church of rebels"
"To him all symbolic things were literal, all literal things symbolic"
William Blake and Dante
"Art for art's sake first of all"
William Blake and Walt Whitman
Crossing the Channel from Ostend
"The rule of art is not the rule of morals"
"Art knows nothing of time"
"This 'house of life' has in it so many mansions"
"The sacred art of Mr. Rossetti"
Charlotte Bronte and George Eliot : "the great gulf between pure genius and pure intellect"
Charlotte and Emily Bronte : "the tragic use of landscape"
"Emily Bronte"
Uncollected poetry
Dies Irae
[The high victorian tone]
[Sonnet : body beautiful]
The ballad of Villon and Fat Madge
A ballad of dead creeds
The cannibal catechism
Cleopatra
From "Arthur's flogging"
[Sonnet : between two seas]
Poeta Loquitur
Disgust : a dramatic monologue
Uncollected prose
A criminal case
Dead love (once a week, 1862)
The portrait
Les Abimes : Par Ernest Clouet
From Lucrezia Borgia; the chronicle of Tebaldeo Tebaldei : "chapter IV : of the gift of amorous mercy"
From Lucrezia Borgia; the chronicle of Tebaldeo Tebaldei : "chapter VI : the treatise of noble morals"
from Lesbia Brandon, "Via Dolorosa"
To E. C. Stedman, Feb. 1875 [a memoir]