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Record 5956

Reading Experience:

'Fine writing and realism were what John Masefield was after in prose. In poetry, it was the upsurge of feeling and rhythm first released by Swinburne. Masefield wrote in a letter to me after my first meeting with him, "Swinburne meant much to my generation: he was literary, he adored the French masters, who were then our masters in all things: he was generous beyond most poets...:he was one of the real discoverers of Blake: he could write exquisite verse in an age of exquisite verse: he laid us all at his feet with half a dozen things which I cannot read without emotion now. he was one of the first romantic poets to be read by me: and Chastelard, to a boy, is all that the heart can desire and the lines on the death of Baudelaire all that genius and grief can utter".'
Century: 1850-1899, 1900-1945
Date: Between 1895 and 1900
Country: England or USA
Time: n/a
Place: city: New York or London
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:John Masefield
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1 Jun 1878
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: later a writer
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England or USA
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Algernon Charles Swinburne
Title: Chastelard
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5956  
Source - Print  
  Author: Muriel Spark
  Editor: n/a
  Title: John Masefield
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1953 (rev. ed. 1992)
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 41
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Muriel Spark, John Masefield (London, 1953 (rev. ed. 1992)), p. 41,, accessed: 22 February 2024

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