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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Robert Bridges: Selected full-text books and articles

British Poetry of the Eighteen-Nineties By Donald Davidson Doubleday, Doran, 1937
Librarian’s tip: "Robert Bridges" begins on p. 233
Philosophical Incursions into English Literature By John Laird The University Press, 1946
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Robert Bridges and the Testament of Beauty"
Contemporary English Literature By 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 By Albert C. Baugh Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1948
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 39 "Other Late-Victorian Poets"
In Pursuit of Poetry By Robert Hillyer McGraw-Hill, 1960
Librarian’s tip: Part IV "Poetry in the Twentieth Century"
The Poets Laureate By Kenneth Hopkins Library Publishers, 1955
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 15 "Robert Bridges"
A Number of People: A Book of Reminiscences By Edward Marsh Harper & Brothers, 1939
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Personalities: Robert Bridges, Edmund Gosse, and Henry James"
Justice for Robert Bridges By Rowse, A. L Contemporary Review, Vol. 263, No. 1531, August 1993
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