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  • The first is Algernon Charles Swinburne, poet and aesthete, whom Oscar Wilde described as "a braggart in the matter of vice, who had done everything he could to convince his fellow citizens of his homosexuality and bestiality, without being in the slightest degree a homosexual or a bestializer."

    Deborah Lutz's "Pleasure Bound," on Victorian sex rebels

  • Some of the work looks satirical, even when it's meant to be a straightforward portrait, as William Bell Scott's of Algernon Charles Swinburne (1860), which makes the poet of sado-masochism ("O splendid and sterile Dolores,/Our Lady of Pain"—to quote a couplet chosen at random) look like the diminutive, shock-headed undergraduate he actually was at the time.

    A Self-Conscious Pursuit of Beauty in Art

  • "When the hounds of spring are on winter's traces," quoth Algernon Charles Swinburne, "The mother of months in meadow or plain/Fills the shadows and windy places/With lisp of leaves and ripple of rain"?

    The Sad Songs of Spring

  • Algernon Charles Swinburne--Unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade; for whom pain is pleasure, and brandy is ruin!

    Archive 2010-05-01

  • Algernon Charles Swinburne has been left out of Poetry for Dummies.


  • News at Eleven: It could quite reasonably be argued that Algernon Charles Swinburne was not merely the prophet of the twentieth-century sexual revolution but the person who first gave open voice in the English language to the joys of lesbianism.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • Algernon Charles Swinburne particularly favoured, the Ballade, is the Ballade Supreme, with its 10-lined stanzas and five-line envoi.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • Algernon Charles Swinburne : major poems and selected prose


  • They introduced Simeon to William Holman-Hunt, Algernon Charles Swinburne and other members of the intellectual elite.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • (Algernon Charles Swinburne never got over his obsession with this ritual of punishment, and produced reams of flagellomaniac verse under the pseudonym Etoniensis.)

    The Eton Empire


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