The Garden of Proserpine: A Poem by Algernon Charles Swinburne (Includes video)

LD: The poet Swinburne was born in 1837, the same year in which a young 18-year-old girl was to ascend the throne of England, becoming Queen Victoria. He died in 1909 at the age of 72, eight years after the Queen’s death. So most of Swinburne’s life was spent in the long shadow of Queen Victoria’s reign, which was to last 63 years and seven months.
A member of the aristocracy, Swinburne attended Eton and Oxford and is possibly one of the most underrated poets in the English language. For sheer musicality and technical genius, if not for depth of feeling, he is possibly the equal of Tennyson, England’s greatest 19th century poet.

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