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Works of Algernon Charles Swinburne [Kindle Edition]

Algernon Charles Swinburne
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Book Description

21 works of Algernon Charles Swinburne
English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic (1837-1909)

This ebook presents a collection of 21 works of Algernon Charles Swinburne. A dynamic table of contents allows you to jump directly to the work selected.

Table of Contents:
- A Century of Roundels
- A Channel Passage and Other Poems
- A Dark Month
- A Midsummer Holiday and Other Poems
- Astrophel and Other Poems
- Atalanta in Calydon
- Chastelard
- Erechtheus
- Locrine
- Poems ad Ballads Volume III
- Poems and Ballads
- Rosamund Queen of the Lombards
- Songs Before Sunrise
- Studies in Song Volume V
- Studies in Song
- The Age of Shakespeare
- The Duke of Gandia
- The Heptalogia
- The Tale of Balen
- Two Nations
- William Blake

Product Details

  • File Size: 2653 KB
  • Print Length: 552 pages
  • Publisher: The Perfect Library (April 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C7BDBY2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,206 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great.... but oft forgotten poet.... August 11, 2000
Swinburne has been my favorite poet since I passed out of my Goethe phase at around seventeen. So what if he writes in stilted, outdated language using images that have passed out of our cultural mileau? He puts words together intricately. He writes beautifully. If you read other people's accounts of him (see 'The Education of Henry Adams' for one) he was considered one of the smartest people to ever live.
He's a fine poet albeit an acquired taste. It's great that you can buy a volume of his completed works rather than having to see two works in a Norton's anthology and then... nothing...
I doubt that he'll ever again be a crowd favorite. If you've gotten to this review, buy this book. He's awesome.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a now-forgotten master-poet June 22, 2004
Back in 1865, A. C. Swinburne came out with a poetry collection titled "Songs and Ballads" which caused much controversy for its perceived lewdness and blasphemy. These very Victorian critics branded Swinburne "the poet laureate of satyrs." Reading this book today, it's hard to understand what the big deal was about, it seems like a harmless book with a few very vague undertones of sacrilege and sadomasochism. Swinburne's language and imagery are very archaic in style and not easy to understand or appreciate. He will never again be a popular poet, but his best work is unique for its musical rhythem. His poetry was praised for its mastery of complex metre and rhyme patterns and beautiful language, but criticized by at least one prominent critic for not actually saying much. My favorite of his poems are a handful of love lyrics that I think are very beautiful. The one that sticks in my mind best is "Love and Sleep." A wonderful, wonderful little gem.
David Rehak
author of "Poems From My Bleeding Heart"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of eh, plus a bit of Whoa! July 2, 2005
Most of the poems in this volume just don't do anything for me. But Garden of Proserpine is my favorite poem... EVER!... and I find Hertha to be as good as any spiritual poem I've ever read, certainly the equal of Whitman's Leaves of Grass and the Anglicized dross that's come to me out of the Orient in translation as haiku, Han Shan, the Upanishads, etc. I think Baudelaire would have hit Swinburne upside the head for the yawn-worthy Ave atque Vale - but then I'm not Baudelaire, I just like Baudelaire a lot. Hymn to Proserpine has the most elegant and meaningful music of any poem I have ever read. That's right - the meaning of this poem comes from its music. Musically, what Swinburne did with the English language was the equivalent of a driver's taking a Model T Ford on the Indy racetrack and winning the 500. You just wouldn't have known the language was capable of these maneuvers!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Poetry, Questionable Publishing August 20, 2010
By Brandon
First off, I'd like to say that the poetry in this volume is not to be missed. However, I would suggest obtaining this particular set of poetry from a different publisher. This particular book does not have a table of contents...for a 300 some odds pages filled with 3 to 5 page pieces with no particular theme to tie them together. There is are two indexes in the back by all of the titles and first lines, respectively. But this is only marginally helpful.

That said. The actual contents of the book is superb. The poetry is elaborate yet fast paced. A lot of biblical references, but not-surprisingly-in a religious sense. That may be why it was so controversial at the time of its release.

I highly recommend Swinburne, but not this particular book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Reading Of "The Garden Of Proserpine" November 29, 2008
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Swinburne was a much-neglected genius - His poems, when first published (including the poem I read here), were dubbed blasphemous and their author immoral by the Victoriians - His best poems, such as this one, convey a haunting, subterranean almost undead feel as no other poet can express.
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