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- Swinburne, Algernon Charles 1837-1909. British poet and critic who wrote musical, often erotic verse in which he attacked the conventions of Victorian morality.
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- proper n. A surname.
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- n. English poet (1837-1909)
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Like Shelley, Swinburne is a didactic poet, even in the notorious Poems and Ballads,
In this respect Swinburne is Pater's Shelleyan complement, for
He took the Browning and the Swinburne from the chair and kissed them.
In answer to the fourth charge, I called Swinburne, who stated that if I did not, he would come forward.
Poe was the juiciest rhymer of the nineteenth century—before Swinburne, that is—but Mallarmé in his wisdom translated Poe into exquisitely rhymeless French prose, and then Mallarmé published his reverent prose translations in a book, with line drawings by Manet.
Matthew Arnold, in one of his extant letters, calls Swinburne "a young pseudo-Shelley," who, according to Arnold, thinks he can make Greek plays good by making them modern.
They are beautiful poems by Swinburne, that is all; he makes Villon speak of a
George Lewes, Herbert Spencer, a sort of pseudo-Shelley called Swinburne, and so on.
Some philosophers, such as Swinburne, are optimistic, and believe that “the required theodicy can be provided.”
Old English Barn, '' Swinburne's Century of Scoundrels, 'and' Una and her
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