Francis Thompson: Dream-Tryst

William-Adolphe Bouguereau - Jeunes Mendiants

Léon Bazile Perrault – Jeunes Mendiants

This is one of the first two published poems of Thompson; it first appeared in 1888 in Merry England, the journal edited by Wilfrid Meynell. While he was a vagrant and beggar in London, Thompson had sent to Meynell a dirty envelope containing two poems, one of which was ‘Dream-Tryst,’ and a prose essay; Meynell put them aside for a few weeks, then published the three texts in the issues of April, May and June 1888. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

To Monica: After Nine Years, by Francis Thompson

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Irène Cahen d’Anvers (ca 1880) - from Wikimedia Commons

Pierre-Auguste Renoir – Irène Cahen d’Anvers (ca 1880) – from Wikimedia Commons

Another poem of Francis Thompson published posthumously. Addressed to Monica Meynell, it alludes to an earlier poem dedicated to her, The Poppy, which was probably written in 1891 when the girl was 11 years old. Hence this one can be dated around 1900, written for a 20 years old Monica. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Francis Thompson: To Olivia

Bryce Cameron Liston - Sweetness and Light - from listonart.com

Bryce Cameron Liston – Sweetness and Light – from listonart.com

In the “Biographical Note” introducing the book Selected Poems of Francis Thompson, Wilfrid Meynell writes of Francis Thompson:

The children of the family in London, into which he was received, were the subjects of Poppy, The Making of Viola, To Monica Thought Dying, To my Godchild—all in the first book of Poems; while two of their number have a noble heritage in Sister Songs. Constant to the end, when he died some newly pencilled lines were found, addressed “To Olivia,” a yet younger sister, recalling the strains of fifteen years before.

Indeed, this poem dedicated to the fourth Meynell daughter was published by Wilfrid Meynell after Thompson’s death. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Francis Thompson: Daisy

Hans Olaf Heyerdahl - Little girl on the beach - from Wikimedia Commons

Hans Olaf Heyerdahl – Little girl on the beach – from Wikimedia Commons

After being rescued from vagrancy, the poet Francis Thompson was brought by Wilfrid and Alice Meynell to Our Lady of England Priory in Storrington, West Sussex, where he stayed in order to recover from his opium addiction. In his “Biographical Note” introducing Selected Poems of Francis Thompson, Wilfrid Meynell wrote: CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…