Lionel Pigot Johnson

(1867-1902 / England)

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Lionel Pigot Johnson (15 March 1867 - 4 October 1902) was an English poet, essayist and critic. He was born at Broadstairs, and educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford, graduating in 1890. He became a Catholic convert in 1891. He lived a rather solitary life in London, struggling with alcoholism and his repressed homosexuality.He died of a stroke after a fall in the street, though ... more »

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  • ''Vanquished in life, his death
    By beauty made amends:
    The passing of his breath
    Won his defeated ends.''
    Lionel Pigot Johnson (1867-1902), British poet, critic. By the Statue of King Charles at Charing Cross (l. 29-32). . . Oxford Book of English Vers...
  • ''Sombre and rich, the skies;
    Great glooms, and starry plains.
    Gently the night wind sighs;
    Else a vast silence reigns.''
    Lionel Pigot Johnson (1867-1902), British poet, critic. By the Statue of King Charles at Charing Cross (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse,...
  • ''Alone he rides, alone,
    The fair and fatal king:
    Dark night is all his own,
    That strange and solemn thing.''
    Lionel Pigot Johnson (1867-1902), British poet, critic. By the Statue of King Charles at Charing Cross (l. 17-20). . . Oxford Book of English Vers...
  • ''The saddest of all kings
    Crowned, and again discrowned.''
    Lionel Pigot Johnson (1867-1902), British poet, critic. By the Statue of King Charles at Charing Cross (l. 7-8). . . Oxford Book of English Verse,...
  • ''Yet, when the city sleeps;
    When all the cries are still:
    The stars and heavenly deeps
    Work out a perfect will.''
    Lionel Pigot Johnson (1867-1902), British poet, critic. By the Statue of King Charles at Charing Cross (l. 49-52). . . Oxford Book of English Vers...
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