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Record 12185

Reading Experience:

'Before leaving BIdeford, he told Osborne, he had read Rossetti's poems "rapturously": "I am mad about Rossetti ever since and I solemnly declare that of all poems that I have read "Sister Helen" is the finest. Never in my life, not in Shakespeare, not even in Browning have I read such superbly passionate, such agonizingly intense accents of unfaltering revenge and implacable hate, creating, surely, a new shudder!"'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1882 and 31 Dec 1882
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Bideford
county: Devon
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Arthur Symons
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 28 Feb 1865
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: preacher's son, later poet
Religion: Wesleyan, later none
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Title: 'Sister Helen'
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 12185  
Source - Print  
  Author: Karl Beckson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Arthur Symons. A Life
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1987
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 17
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Karl Beckson, Arthur Symons. A Life (Oxford, 1987), p. 17,, accessed: 18 August 2019

Additional comments:

Quotation taken from 1882 letter to Osborne held at Princeton



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