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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