Definition of Algernon Swinburne from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Algernon Swinburne

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(1837-1909) an English poet and critic. He was a very skilful writer, but his lack of respect for the Christian religion and the sexual themes in his poetry shocked many people in Victorian Britain. His best-known work includes three plays about Mary, Queen of Scots, and the poem Tristram of Lyonesse (1882). He was a close friend of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the other Pre-Raphaelites.