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Outlook Odes

T. W. H. Crosland

Book Overview: 

This is a collection of poems by TWH Crosland. While earning some fame as a writer and poet himself, he is today best remembered for the rather shameful role he played in the trial of Oscar Wilde and in the aftermath of the persecution. Nevertheless, his poetry is of interest as an item of the time, in quick, free verse, and with many allusions to historical and social developments. These odes, written in the style of letters, are excellent examples of this

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .BR> And in a position to walk about the Strand
With a diamond E
Scintillating in your cravat.
The thing that was anticipated
By the intelligent paragraphists,
My dear Mr. Leno,
Has come to pass.
His Britannic Majesty
King Edward VII., D.G.: B. et T.T.B.R.: I.I.,
Does intend to give artists and authors and people
A little bit more of a show
Than has hitherto fallen to their lot.
His Majesty,
My dear Mr. Leno,
Has always been noted for his tact,
And in opening the ball with you, as it were,
His Majesty has exhibited an amount of tact
Which leaves absolutely nothing to be desired.
Had he commenced with Mr. Swinburne,
Or myself,
Or Mr. Hall Caine
What howls there would have been!
Whereas as it is
Everybody is delighted,
And the Halls resound nightly with his Majesty's praises.
Besides being tactful,
The King's choice of you,
My dear Mr. . . Read More