ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE.
<To the Editor.) Sir, —Doubtless a nninber of people reading the cabled announcement of Mr. Swinburne's death in your issue of 12th inst. felt that the British Empire was poorer by the loss of a great man. I think not a feY readers of the "Star" are particularly grateful for the fervent appreciation expressed in your footnote appended to the cable. When the remains of Robert Browning were being committed to Westminster Abbey, Swinburne wrote that, he had passed to where "a dead man hath for vassals Fame the serf and Time the slave." This might with fitting reverence be said of himself. He has gone in the fullness of age, and hag left our poetic literature inestimably enriched. It has been said by some competent critics that when time makes its taidy award. Swinburne will be considered one of the very great, if not-the greatest lyric poet that England lias produced. He was not of the cast of his contemporaries, great as thej. were. He wae ft direct descendant of the poetlo dynasty of Ooleridgo, Keats, and Shelley j and what was possible ot those high, prleata of verbal muslo was not impossible Jo Win. The mobility
which he has g?ven to English prosody; can be felt rather than Been; but to the, student of poetry, who c,an follow his harmonising of lambics'with' dactyls and anapaests, coupled with his marvellous Caesura! effects,, which produce those delicious undulations in his verse, his method is a delight and a wonder. But sweet and beautiful as his dactylic and anapaestic measures i are, he may not live by them alone. He has shod; his iambics with fine, gold that ring through the halls of Holyrood and on the plain of Calydon. Passing from his tragedies to his ballad poetry, one. finds the same high standard maintained throughout, which is a revelation of what a groat verbal magician can accomplish in our dear old English tongue.— I am, etc., h. Young.
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