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Poems & Ballads (First Series)

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Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 63,100 / 182 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 27.3
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 447
Added to site: 2011.08.22
mnybks.net#: 30630
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Poetry

From one of the truly great poets comes this collection of poems. Swinburne was considered somewhat decadent in his time, but this did not stop him from being nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature several years in a row.

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the scheme of it is exquisitely adequate and sufficient for comparatively short flights of passion or emotion, ardent or contemplative and personal or patriotic; but what can be done in English could not be attempted in Latin. It seems strange to me, our language being what it is, that our literature should be no richer than it is in examples of the higher or at least the more capacious and ambitious kind of ode. Not that the full Pindaric form of threefold or triune structure need be or should be always adopted: but without an accurately corresponsive or antiphonal scheme of music even the master of masters, who is Coleridge, could not produce, even through the superb and enchanting melodies of such a poem as his 'Dejection,' a fit and complete companion, a full and perfect rival, to such a poem as his ode on France.

The title of ode may more properly and fairly be so extended as to cover all lyrical poems in stanzas or couplets than so strained as to include a lawless lyric of such irregular and une

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