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By Algernon Charles Swinburne

Republican, pagan, a sensualist alive to excitement and to ache, Swinburne flouted the foundations of Victorian decorum and morality in his lifestyles and paintings He created a different technique of expression via what Tennyson known as his 'wonderful rhythmic invention', and but his verse was once inspired by way of poets from a variety of classes and nations. a lot of his poems are opulent hymns to sensual love, in all its elements, and to dying and to the lack of love. Swinburne's verse is immensely various in shape: jointly those works display its wealthy complexity and diversity. As T. S. Eliot remarked, there isn't any cause to name his energy over phrases whatever yet genius.

This quantity brings jointly Swinburne's significant poetic works, Atalanta in Calydon (1865) and Poems and Ballads (1866). Atalanta in Calydon is a drama in classical Greek shape, which printed Swinburne's metrical talents and taken him star. Poems and Ballads introduced him notoriety and demonstrates his preoccupation with de Sade, masochism, and femmes fatales. additionally reproduced here's 'Notes on Poems and Reviews', a pamphlet Swinburne released in 1866 based on opposed experiences of Poems and Ballads. moreover, this Penguin version includes a preface, a desk of dates, a observation at the poems and appendices, one among that is a map of the areas pointed out in Atalanta in Calydon.

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