The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems
William Morris (1834-1896) was an English artist, writer, socialist and activist. He was one of the principal founders of the British arts and crafts movement, best known as a designer of wallpaper and patterned fabrics, a writer of poetry and fiction and a pioneer of the socialist movement in Britain. Morris and his friends formed an artistic movement, the Pre-Raphaelite...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 28th 2008 by Dodo Press
(first published 1858)
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A little bit of this can go a long way. I actually found out about this collection via an essay by Walter Pater on Aesthetic Poetry (I can read some weird shit sometimes). Anyway, Morris was a pre-Raphaelite who really admired what Browning and Tennyson were doing in poetry. The results are pretty mixed. The collection contains 30 poems, but over half the book is taken up by half a dozen poems. The good news is that most of the long poems are really good. Especially so if you're into King Arthur...more
Jul 03, 2013 Lora rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
(Low whistle). This was a tough read. In researching William Morris' life and work, several passages referred to this work. While their is a good deal of brilliance here, it is a less mature voice than evidenced in his other (varied) work. Quite an interesting read, brief, and available, gratis, through Amazon ebooks. However, girth yourself for some difficult and archaic language and references before taking this on...enjoyed it, but it's heavy wading through this one.
William Morris was an English architect, furniture and textile designer, artist, writer, socialist and Marxist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement. Morris wrote and published poetry, fiction, and translations of ancient and medieval texts throughout his life. His best-known works include The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems (1858), The Earthl...moreMore about William Morris...