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Algernon Charles Swinburne

  • English poet
  • Born April 5, 1837
  • Died April 10, 1909

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.


From too much love of living, From hope and fear set free, We thank with brief thanksgiving Whatever gods may be That no life lives for ever; That dead men rise up never; That even the weariest river Winds somewhere safe to sea.




To say of shame - what is it? Of virtue - we can miss it; Of sin-we can kiss it, And it's no longer sin.




Body and spirit are twins: God only knows which is which.




Glory to Man in the highest! For Man is the master of things.




Time turns the old days to derision, Our loves into corpses or wives; And marriage and death and division Make barren our lives.




Hope thou not much, and fear thou not at all.




While three men hold together, the kingdoms are less by three.



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