Biography of John Ruskin
John Ruskin (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900) was an English art critic and social thinker, also remembered as a poet and artist. His essays on art and architecture were extremely influential in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
Ruskin first came to widespread attention for his support for the work of J. M. W. Turner and his defence of naturalism in art. He subsequently put his weight behind the Pre-Raphaelite movement. His later writings turned increasingly to complex and personal explorations of the interconnection of cultural, social and moral issues, and were influential on the development of Christian socialism.
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John Ruskin Poems
Trust Thou Thy Love
The Last Smile
She sat beside me yesterday With lip, and eye, so blandly smiling, So full of soul, of life, of light, So sweetly my lorn heart beguiling
Faint from the bell the ghastly echoes fall, That grates within the grey cathedral tower; Let me not enter through the portal tall, Lest the strange spirit of the moonless hour
The Hills Of Carrara
Amidst a vale of springing leaves Where spreads the vine its wandering root And cumbrous fall the autumnal sheaves And olives shed their sable fruit,
The Last Smile
She sat beside me yesterday
With lip, and eye, so blandly smiling,
So full of soul, of life, of light,
So sweetly my lorn heart beguiling
That she had almost made me gay
Had almost charmed the thought away
(Which, like the poisoned desert wind,
Came sick and heavy o'er my mind)
That memory soon mine all would be,