I attempt to describe Mr. Swinburne; and lo! the Bacchanal screams, the sterile Dolores sweats, serpents dance, men and women wrench, wriggle and foam in an endless alliteration of heated and meaningless words, the veriest garbage of Baudelaire flowered over with the epithets of the Della Cruscans.
Swinburne is just emptiness to me as he gets older, and themoremaddening ashegoes onexploiting a heavenly gift. I wish he had just shut up, like Coleridge, and left us surmising wonders.
Swinburne was perpetually talking shop: the bookish spirit in which he looked on nature and mankind, with his head full of his own trade, is essentially the same as the spirit in which The Tailor and Cutter annually criticises the portraits in the Royal Academy, interested, not in the artist, not in the subject, but in the cut of the subject's clothes.algernon charles swinburne
Mr. Swinburne … expresses in verse what he finds in books as passionately as a poet expresses what he finds in life.algernon charles swinburne
It is odd how pleasant and sympathetic her poems are, in these days when many a poet had rather walk down children like Mr. Hyde than weep over them like Swinburne , and when many a poem is gruesome occupational therapy for a poet who stays legally innocuous by means of it.Randall Jarrell