Who is Algernon Charles Swinburne

Algernon Charles Swinburne (5 April 1837 – 10 April 1909) was an English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. He wrote several novels and collections of poetry such as Poems and Ballads, and contributed to the famous Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica.

Swinburne wrote about many taboo topics, such as lesbianism, cannibalism, sado-masochism, and anti-theism. His poems have many common motifs, such as the ocean, time, and death. Several historical people are featured in his poems, such as Sappho ("Sapphics"), Anactoria ("Anactoria"), Jesus ("Hymn to Proserpine": Galilaee, La. "Galilean") and Catullus ("To Catullus").

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Algernon Charles Swinburne Poems

  • Autumn In Cornwall
    The year lies fallen and faded
    On cliffs by clouds invaded,
    With tongues of storms upbraided,
    With wrath of waves bedinned; ...
  • Summer In Auvergne
    The sundawn fills the land
    Full as a feaster's hand
    Fills full with bloom of bland
    Bright wine his cup; ...
  • Spring In Tuscany
    Rose-red lilies that bloom on the banner;
    Rose-cheeked gardens that revel in spring;
    Rose-mouthed acacias that laugh as they climb,
    Like plumes for a queen's hand fashioned to fan her ...
  • Winter In Northumberland
    Outside the garden
    The wet skies harden;
    The gates are barred on
    The summer side: ...
  • Joyeuse Garde
    The sun was heavy; no more shade at all
    Than you might cover with a hollow cup
    There was in the south chamber; wall by wall,
    Slowly the hot noon filled the castle up. ...
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Top 10 most used topics by Algernon Charles Swinburne

I Love You 345 Love 345 Light 305 Heart 294 Life 281 Time 272 Sweet 270 Death 268 Sea 259 Night 252

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  • _inspirationbot: in every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be a gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy. - algernon charles swinburne
  • Forrestaguirre: 4 of 5 stars to major poems and selected prose by algernon charles swinburne
  • Forrestaguirre: my review of major poems and selected prose by algernon charles swinburne ...
  • Howie7951: 14 october 2021's sixers mixers word anagram game words are: dreams powers. (words from poem by algernon charles swinburne via the archives of harry lineaday 14 october 1969). pls see/share more: youtube "harry's collection of inspirational quotes in synergy with concise verb..."
  • Thomasmichaelw: to his sister, isabel, may 1907: 'pray tell mrs thomas how very glad i am to hear that my contribution to your fund on behalf of little charlie watts was so serviceable.' algernon charles swinburne, time-travelling stones fan (and acquaintance of my mum? she kept that quiet).
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GOOD Father John O'Hart
In penal days rode out
To a Shoneen who had free lands
And his own snipe and trout.
In trust took he John's lands;
Sleiveens were all his race;
And he gave them as dowers to his daughters.
And they married beyond their place.

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