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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- My heart shall be thy garden
- In Early Spring
- Summer in England, 1914
- The Shepherdess
- A Letter from a Girl to Her Own Old Age
- After Parting
- In Autumn
- The Lady of the Lambs
- Builders of Ruins
- At Night
- The Return to Nature.
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''From the shaken towerAlice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet (Mrs. Wilfrid Meynell). Chimes (l. 2-4). . . Come Hither. Walter de la Mare, comp. (3d ed., 1957) Alfred A...
A flock of bells take flight,
And go with the hour.''
''Thou art the Way.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...
Hadst Thou been nothing but the goal,
I cannot say
If Thou hadst ever met my soul.''
''The sense of humour has other things to doAlice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet, essayist. Laughter.
than to make itself conspicuous in the act
''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 childhoodno furtherif 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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