James Kenneth Stephen

(25 February 1859 – 3 February 1892 / England)

James Kenneth Stephen
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James Kenneth Stephen was an English poet, and tutor to Prince Albert Victor, eldest son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales.

Early Life

Stephen was the second son of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, barrister-at-law, and his wife Mary Richenda Cunningham. James Kenneth Stephen was known as 'Jem' among his family and close friends; he was first-cousin to Virginia Woolf (née Stephen).

He was a King's Scholar at Eton, where he proved to be a highly competent player of the Eton Wall Game; and then went up to King's College, Cambridge, again as a King's Scholar. In the Michaelmas term of 1880, he was President of the Cambridge Union Society. In 1883 he became ... more »

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  • ''Birthdays? yes, in a general way;
    For the most if not for the best of men:
    You were born (I suppose) on a certain day:
    So was I: or perhaps in the night: what then?''
    James Kenneth Stephen (1859-1892), British poet. Sincere Flattery of R. B. (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, The. Kingsley Ami...
  • ''Will there never come a season
    Which shall rid us from the curse
    Of a prose which knows no reason
    And an unmelodious verse:''
    James Kenneth Stephen (1859-1892), British poet. To R. K. (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, The. Kingsley Amis, ed. (1978) Oxf...
  • ''Two voices are there: one is of the deep;
    It learns the storm-cloud's thunderous melody,''
    James Kenneth Stephen (1859-1892), British poet. Two voices are there: one is of the deep (l. 1-2). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, Th...
  • ''Quite unacquainted with the ABC
    Than write such hopeless rubbish as thy worst.''
    James Kenneth Stephen (1859-1892), British poet. Two voices are there: one is of the deep (l. 13-14). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, ...
  • ''And one is of an old half-witted sheep
    Which bleats articulate monotony,''
    James Kenneth Stephen (1859-1892), British poet. Two voices are there: one is of the deep (l. 5-6). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, Th...
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