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Record 7545

Reading Experience:

'In the [italics]Autobiography[end italics] he tells us of the impact of Byron on him and his friend Dave: "His influence on Dave was so great that it was publicly shown to all the boys and girls in the chapel's schoolroom... While we were playing kiss in the ring, singing and laughing... Dave would lean his figure... against a pillar, biting his lips and frowning at our merrymaking"... His friend soon tired of this Byronic posing, but Davies marks the occasion as the first time he was really attracted to poetry with enjoyment and serious purpose. He went on to read Shelley, Marlowe's plays, and some further Shakespeare. Wordsworth failed to attract him, though he later studied him very diligently'.
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 1885
Country: Wales
Time: n/a
Place: city: Newport
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:William Henry Davies
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 3 Jul 1871
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: iron moulder's son, later poet
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: Wales
Country of experience: Wales
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Shakespeare
Title: [works not reproduced in schoolbooks]
Genre: Drama, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 7545  
Source - Print  
  Author: Richard J. Stonesifer
  Editor: n/a
  Title: W.H. Davies: A Critical Biography
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1963
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 21
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Richard J. Stonesifer, W.H. Davies: A Critical Biography (London, 1963), p. 21,, accessed: 21 March 2023

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