Tuesday, October 06, 2015


Verses by Swinburne?

C.M. Bowra (1898-1971), "Pindar, Pythian II," Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 48 (1937) 1-28 (at 16-17):
Pindar's attitude towards him [i.e. Bacchylides] recalls that of Swinburne towards some of his own imitators, of whom he wrote:
They strut like jays in my lendings,
    They chatter and screech; I sing.
They mimic my phrases and endings,
    And rum Old Testament ring.
But the lyrical cry isn't in it,
And the high gods spot in a minute
    That it isn't the genuine thing.
These lines aren't by Swinburne. Rather they are from a parody of Swinburne written by H.D. Traill (1842-1900), "The Poets in Symposium," in the World newspaper (Christmas 1882). See Urbanus Sylvan [i.e. Henry Charles Beeching (1859-1919)], "Conferences on Books and Men, XII," Cornhill Magazine 8 (1900) 549-557 (at 550).

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