William Morris

(1834 - 1896 / England)

William Morris
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William Morris was born in Essex and educated at Exeter College, Oxford. He was the founding editor of the Oxford and Cambridge Magazine (1856) in which many of his early poems appear. He was a practising painter (1857-62) and public lecturer on art, architecture and socialism (1877-96). He founded the Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, in 1890 and was a founding member the same year of the Hammersmith Socialist Society. He helped found the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (1877) which he served as secretary. His designs in things like furniture and fabrics contributed to the Arts and Crafts Movement and changed Victorian taste. He was president of the Birmingham Society of Arts ... more »

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  • I pondered all these things, and how men fight and lose the battle, and the thing that they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it comes turns out not to be what they meant, and ...
    William Morris (1834-1896), British artist, writer, printer. A Dream of John Ball, ch. 4 (1888).
  • So long as the system of competition in the production and exchange of the means of life goes on, the degradation of the arts will go on; and if that system is to last for ever, then art is doomed, an...
    William Morris (1834-1896), British artist, writer, printer. Art Under Plutocracy (1883).
  • ''The reward of labour is life. Is that not enough?''
    William Morris (1834-1896), British artist, writer, printer. Hammond, in News From Nowhere, ch. 15 (1891).
  • The wind's on the wold
    And the night is a-cold,
    And Thames runs chill
    'Twixt mead and hill.
    But kind and dear
    Is the old house here
    And my heart is warm
    William Morris (1834-1896), British poet. Inscription for an Old Bed (l. 1-8). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quille...
  • ''Pray but one prayer for me 'twixt thy closed lips,
    Think but one thought of me up in the stars.''
    William Morris (1834-1896), British poet. Summer Dawn (l. 1-2). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Ox...
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  • Jenny Harvey (12/10/2009 9:16:00 AM)

    Is this peom about incest?
    I'm annalysing it for my A2 English and I don't want to put something which might not be right.
    jenny x

  • Frank Green (11/8/2008 9:18:00 AM)

    Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, the greatest aesthete since Aristotle and Plato, says that Morris is the only modern poet that Plato would heartily approve.

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