Robert Bridges

Bridges, Robert Seymour

Robert Seymour Bridges, 1844–1930, English poet. In 1882 he abandoned medical practice to devote himself to writing. An excellent metrist, he wrote many beautiful lyrics and longer poems, noted for their refined simplicity and perfection of form. Although not a well-known poet, in 1913 he was made poet laureate. In 1929, when Bridges was 85, he published The Testament of Beauty, a philosophical poem on the evolution of the human soul. It achieved immediate popularity and is considered his greatest work. Long interested in prosody, Bridges published two important works on the subject, Milton's Prosody (1893) and John Keats (1895). He also published the poems of his friend Gerard Manley Hopkins.

See The Selective Letters of Robert Bridges, ed. by D. E. Stanford (2 vol., 1983); study by D. E. Stanford (1978).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Necessity of Poetry: An Address Given to the Tredegar & District Co-Operative Society, Nov. 22, 1917
Robert Bridges.
The Clarendon Press, 1918
British Poetry of the Eighteen-Nineties
Donald Davidson.
Doubleday, Doran, 1937
Librarian’s tip: "Robert Bridges" begins on p. 233
Philosophies of Beauty from Socrates to Robert Bridges: Being the Sources of Aesthetic Theory
E. F. Carritt.
Oxford University Press, 1931
Philosophical Incursions into English Literature
John Laird.
The University Press, 1946
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Robert Bridges and the Testament of Beauty"
Robert Bridges and Gerard Hopkins, 1863-1889: A Literary Friendship
Jean Georges Ritz.
Oxford University Press, 1960
Contemporary English Literature
Mark Longaker; Edwin C. Bolles.
Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1953
Librarian’s tip: "Robert Bridges ( 1844 -1930 )" begins on p. 112
A Literary History of England
Albert C. Baugh.
Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1948
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 39 "Other Late-Victorian Poets"
In Pursuit of Poetry
Robert Hillyer.
McGraw-Hill, 1960
Librarian’s tip: Part IV "Poetry in the Twentieth Century"
The Poets Laureate
Kenneth Hopkins.
Library Publishers, 1955
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 15 "Robert Bridges"
A Number of People: A Book of Reminiscences
Edward Marsh.
Harper & Brothers, 1939
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Personalities: Robert Bridges, Edmund Gosse, and Henry James"
Justice for Robert Bridges
Rowse, A. L.
Contemporary Review, Vol. 263, No. 1531, August 1993
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