Major Poems and Selected Prose / Edition 1

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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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"This is a book whose absence in some form or other I have bemoaned for decades. The selection here is admirable, profoundly sophisticated: the proportions of verse and prose, inclusion of uncollected writings, and the certainty of scholarly and critical authority in the annotations—all these seem absolutely unexceptionable."—John Hollander
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300104998
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 1/3/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 530
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome McGann, John Stewart Bryan Professor at the University of Virginia, is the author of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Game That Must Be Lost and editor of Rossetti’s Collected Poetry and Prose, both published by Yale University Press. Charles L. Sligh is a research fellow at The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Hypermedia Research Archive.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Poetry
Atalanta in Calydon 3
A ballad of life 68
Laus Veneris 70
The triumph of time 82
Itylus 92
Anactoria 93
Hymn to Proserpine 101
Hermaphroditus 104
Anima Anceps 106
A match 107
Faustine 108
Stage love 112
The leper 113
Before the mirror 117
Dolores 119
The garden of Proserpine 130
Hendecasyllabics 133
Sapphics 134
Dedication 1865 136
Prelude 139
Hertha 144
Before a crucifix 149
Genesis 154
Locusta 157
A forsaken garden 158
Sestina 160
The complaint of Lisa (double sestina) 161
Ave atque Vale 165
Sonnet (with a copy of Mademoiselle de Maupin) 170
A ballad of dreamland 171
A ballad of Francois Villon 171
A vision of spring in winter 175
The complaint of the fair armouress 175
On the cliffs 178
By the North Sea 189
The higher pantheism in a nutshell 203
Sonnet for a picture 204
Nephelidia 204
Tristram of Lyonesse 206
In harbour 313
Plus ultra 314
Plus intra 314
On an old roundel 314
To Catullus 315
Envoi 315
To a seamew 317
Neap-tide 320
A nympholept 322
The lake of Gaube 330
In a rosary 332
Pt. 2 Collected prose
"The monomaniac's tragedy, and other poems, by Ernest Wheldrake" (1858) 337
"He has chosen to dwell mainly upon sad and strange things" (6 September 1862, Spectator) 343
Notes on poems and reviews 348
"Splendid and imperishable excellence" 360
"The ebb and flow of actual life" 360
"These poems are coherent and complete as trees or flowers" 361
"A French critic" 363
"Thyrsis" and "the forsaken merman" 367
Michelangelo : "fairer than heaven and more terrible than hell" 370
"D. G. Rossetti" 372
"He was born and baptized into the church of rebels" 375
"To him all symbolic things were literal, all literal things symbolic" 376
William Blake and Dante 379
"Art for art's sake first of all" 380
William Blake and Walt Whitman 382
Crossing the Channel from Ostend 385
"The rule of art is not the rule of morals" 386
"Art knows nothing of time" 388
"This 'house of life' has in it so many mansions" 390
"The sacred art of Mr. Rossetti" 392
Charlotte Bronte and George Eliot : "the great gulf between pure genius and pure intellect" 395
Charlotte and Emily Bronte : "the tragic use of landscape" 397
"Emily Bronte" 400
Pt. 3 Uncollected poetry
Dies Irae 409
[The high victorian tone] 410
[Sonnet : body beautiful] 411
The ballad of Villon and Fat Madge 411
A ballad of dead creeds 412
The cannibal catechism 413
Cleopatra 415
From "Arthur's flogging" 418
[Sonnet : between two seas] 422
Poeta Loquitur 422
Disgust : a dramatic monologue 424
Pt. 4 Uncollected prose
A criminal case 429
Dead love (once a week, 1862) 433
The portrait 437
Les Abimes : Par Ernest Clouet 440
From Lucrezia Borgia; the chronicle of Tebaldeo Tebaldei : "chapter IV : of the gift of amorous mercy" 445
From Lucrezia Borgia; the chronicle of Tebaldeo Tebaldei : "chapter VI : the treatise of noble morals" 447
from Lesbia Brandon, "Via Dolorosa" 452
To E. C. Stedman, Feb. 1875 [a memoir] 467
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