James Kenneth Stephen (25 February 1859 – 3 February 1892 / England)
James Kenneth Stephen was an English poet, and tutor to Prince Albert Victor, eldest son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales.
Stephen was the second son of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, barrister-at-law, and his wife Mary Richenda Cunningham. James Kenneth Stephen was known as 'Jem' among his family and close friends; he was first-cousin to Virginia Woolf (née Stephen).
He was a King's Scholar at Eton, where he proved to be a highly competent player of the Eton Wall Game; and then went up to King's College, Cambridge, again as a King's Scholar. In the Michaelmas term of 1880, he was President of the Cambridge Union Society. In 1883 he became ... more »
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- 4th July 1882, Malines. Midnight
- A Parodist's Apology
- A Sonnet
- A Sonnet (Two Voices Are There)
- After the Golden Wedding (Three Soliloqu...
- Drinking Song
- England and America
- Men and Women
- My Education
- Of F.W.H.M. to One that Smokes
- Steam-Launches on the Thames
- The Ballade of the Incompetent Ballade-M...
- The Last Ride Together (after Browning)
- The Malefactor's Plea
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''Birthdays? yes, in a general way;James Kenneth Stephen (1859-1892), British poet. Sincere Flattery of R. B. (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, The. Kingsley Ami...
For the most if not for the best of men:
You were born (I suppose) on a certain day:
So was I: or perhaps in the night: what then?''
''Will there never come a seasonJames Kenneth Stephen (1859-1892), British poet. To R. K. (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, The. Kingsley Amis, ed. (1978) Oxf...
Which shall rid us from the curse
Of a prose which knows no reason
And an unmelodious verse:''
''Two voices are there: one is of the deep;James Kenneth Stephen (1859-1892), British poet. Two voices are there: one is of the deep (l. 1-2). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, Th...
It learns the storm-cloud's thunderous melody,''
''Quite unacquainted with the ABCJames Kenneth Stephen (1859-1892), British poet. Two voices are there: one is of the deep (l. 13-14). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, ...
Than write such hopeless rubbish as thy worst.''
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