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Alice Meynell

(22 September 1847 - 27 November 1922 / London)

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Alice Christiana Gertrude Thompson Meynell was an English writer, editor, critic, and suffragist, now remembered mainly as a poet.


Meynell was born in Barnes, London, to Thomas James and Christiana (née Weller) Thompson. The family moved around England, Switzerland, and France, but she was brought up mostly in Italy, where a daughter of Thomas from his first marriage had settled. Her father was a friend of Charles Dickens.

Preludes (1875) was her first poetry collection, illustrated by her elder sister Elizabeth (the artist Lady Elizabeth Butler, 1850–1933, whose husband was Sir William ... more »

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  • ''From the shaken tower
    A flock of bells take flight,
    And go with the hour.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet (Mrs. Wilfrid Meynell). Chimes (l. 2-4). . . Come Hither. Walter de la Mare, comp. (3d ed., 1957) Alfred A...
  • ''Thou art the Way.
    Hadst Thou been nothing but the goal,
    I cannot say
    If Thou hadst ever met my soul.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet (Mrs. Wilfrid Meynell). "I Am the Way," (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William...
  • ''The sense of humour has other things to do
    than to make itself conspicuous in the act
    of laughter.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet, essayist. Laughter.
  • ''If there is a look of human eyes that tells of perpetual loneliness, so there is also the familiar look that is the sign of perpetual crowds.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet, essayist. "Solitude," Essays (1914).
  • ''Let a man turn to his own childhood—no further—if he will renew his sense of remoteness, and of the mystery of change.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet, essayist. "The Illusion of Historic Time," Essays (1914).
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