Walter Savage Landor

(30 January 1775 – 17 September 1864 / Warwick)

Walter Savage Landor
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an English writer and poet. His best known works were the prose Imaginary Conversations, and the poem Rose Aylmer, but the critical acclaim he received from contemporary poets and reviewers was not matched by public popularity. As remarkable as his work was, it was equaled by his rumbustious character and lively temperament.

Summary of his work

In a long and active life of eighty-nine years Landor produced a considerable amount of work in various genres. This can perhaps be classified into four main areas – prose, lyric poetry, political writings including epigrams and Latin. His prose and poetry have received most acclaim, but critics are divided in their preference ... more »

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  • ''Death stands above me, whispering low
    I know not what into my ear;''
    Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), British poet. Death Stands above Me (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank...
  • ''O what a thing is age! Death without death's quiet.''
    Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), British author, poet. "Epicurus, Leontion, and Ternissa," Imaginary Conversations (1824-1829).
  • ''I warmed both hands before the fire of life;
    It sinks, and I am ready to depart.''
    Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), British author. Finis.
  • ''I have since written what no tide
    Shall ever wash away, what men
    Unborn shall read o'er ocean wide
    And find Ianthe's name agen.''
    Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), British poet. Ianthe (l. 3-4). . . Oxford Book of Nineteenth-Century English Verse, The. John Hayward, ed. (1964...
  • ''From you, Ianthe, little troubles pass
    Like little ripples down a sunny river;''
    Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), British poet. Ianthe (l. 1-6). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) O...
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