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Major Poems and Selected Prose

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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…    

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

Atalanta in Calydon
A ballad of life
Laus Veneris
The triumph of time
Hymn to Proserpine
Anima Anceps
A match
Stage love
The leper
Before the mirror
The garden of Proserpine
Dedication 1865
Before a crucifix
A forsaken garden
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
Tristram of Lyonesse
In harbour
Plus ultra
Plus intra
On an old roundel
To Catullus
To a seamew
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
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]