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Biography of Algernon Charles Swinburne


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Swinburne, Algernon Charles. Son of Admiral Swinburne. Born in London, 1837. Educated at Balliol College, Oxford. Visited Florence, and passed some time there. His first productions were two plays, "Queen Mother" and "Rosamond." These were followed by two tragedies, "Atalanta in Calydon," and "Chastelard," and "Poems and Ballads," which met with severe criticism. His later works are "A Song of Italy," "William Blake, a Critical Essay"; "Songs Before Sunrise," in which he glorifies Pantheism and Republicanism; "Studies in Song," "A Century of Roundels," "Life of Victor Hugo," a poem on "The Armada," "A Study of Ben Jonson," "Astrophel, and Other Poems," "Studies in Prose and Poetry," "The Tale of Balen," "Rosamund, Queen of the Lombards," "A Channel Passage, and Other Poems," and "Love's Cross-Current." Swinburne died in 1909.