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James Elroy Flecker


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James Elroy Flecker (5 November 1884 - 3 January 1915) was an English poet, novelist and playwright. As a poet he was most influenced by the Parnassian poets.

He was born in London, and baptised Herman Elroy Flecker, later choosing to use the first name "James", either because he disliked the name "Herman" or to avoid confusion with his father. "Roy", as he was known to his family, was ... more »

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  • ''And some to Meccah turn to pray, and I toward thy bed, Yasmin.''
    James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915), British poet. Hassan, in Hassan, act 1, sc. 2 (1922).
  • ''For lust of knowing what should not be known,
    We take the Golden Road to Samarkand.''
    James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915), British poet. Ishak, in Hassan, act 5, sc. 2 (1922).
  • ''When the words rustle no more,
    And the last work's done,
    When the bolt lies deep in the door,''
    James Elroy Flecker (1884-1919), British poet. Stillness (l. 1-3). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (7th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt,...
  • ''And Space with gaunt grey eyes and her brother Time
    Wheeling and whispering come,''
    James Elroy Flecker (1884-1919), British poet. Stillness (l. 8-9). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (7th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt,...
  • ''We who with songs beguile your pilgrimage
    And swear that Beauty lives though lilies die,
    We Poets of the proud old lineage
    Who sing to find your hearts, we know not why,''
    James Elroy Flecker (1884-1919), British poet. The Golden Journey to Samarkand (l. 7). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Bu...
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  • Josie Dyson (6/23/2005 8:00:00 AM)

    Flecker was an outstanding poet - sadly he died young and his poetry with him it seems. It is impossible to buy his poems now - all out of print I believe.

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