Poems of Francis Thompson

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PREFACE

Even to the casual reader it must be evident that the past ten years have witnessed a revival of interest in the poetry of Francis Thompson. The definitive edition of Thompson's works edited by Wilfrid Meynell is now in its twenty-second thousand, the Modern Library edition of his poems is among the "best sellers" of that series. Lately, a new edition by Hodder and Stoughton has been well received and within the past year Selected Poems has been newly edited by Wilfrid Meynell. All this indicates a demand for Thompson's works that is an unmistakable sign of a general Thompsonian Renascence.

Besides the many editions of Thompson's works, several critical studies of his poems have appeared in recent years: Francis Thompson, the Poet of Earth in Heaven, by R. L. Mégroz; Francis Thompson and His Poetry, by the Rev. T. H. Wright; Guidance from Francis Thompson in Matters of Faith, by John A. D. D. Hutton ; several editions of "The Hound of Heaven" and numberless articles and allusions in contemporary magazines and periodicals. Add to this the revival of interest in Thompson among college students and we have some of the signs of the times that indicate an element of prophecy in Mrs. Meynell's words: "History will certainly be busy with this remarkable man's life as well as with his works." ( "Some Memories of Francis Thompson," Dublin Review, January, 1908.)

The object of this new work is to offer to students an edition of Thompson's poetry that will be more practicable for purposes of reference because of the numbered lines and more intelligible by reason of the notes. But the real raison d'être of the work, is the desire to present to readers of Thompson a detailed study of what he means to a Catholic, a thing most important for the appreciation of his poetry. He is a lyric poet; and consequently, in the appreciation of his work, the reader should strive to share Thompson's thoughts and feelings. In the notes here presented it is shown, I trust, without any spirit of controversy or contentiousness

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • FRANCIS THOMPSON: SOME BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES xvii
  • CHRONOLOGY OF BIOGRAPHICAL DATA xxiii
  • Dedication of Poems - To Wilfrid and Alice Meynell 3
  • Poems on Children 5
  • Love in Dian's Lap 53
  • The Hound of Heaven 77
  • Ode to the Setting Sun 82
  • To the Dead Cardinal Of Westminster 91
  • A Corymbus for Autumn 97
  • Ecclesiastical Ballads 102
  • Translations 104
  • Miscellaneous Poems 110
  • Dedication of New Poems 149
  • Sight and Insight 151
  • A Narrow Vessel - BEING A LITTLE DRAMATIC SEQUENCE ON THE ASPECT OF PRIMITIVE GIRL-NATURE TOWARDS A LOVE BEYOND ITS CAPACITIES 200
  • Ultima 209
  • An Anthem of Earth 216
  • Miscellaneous Odes 227
  • Sonnets 262
  • Miscellaneous New Poems 270
  • NOTES ON POEMS OF FRANCIS THOMPSON 297
  • BIBLIOGRAPHIES 555
  • INDEXES 569
  • TITLE-INDEX OF POEMS AND NOTES 575
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