Strange Harp, Strange Symphony: The Life of Francis Thompson John Walsh

ISBN: 9780491002509

Published: January 1st 1968

Hardcover

298 pages


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Strange Harp, Strange Symphony: The Life of Francis Thompson  by  John Walsh

Strange Harp, Strange Symphony: The Life of Francis Thompson by John Walsh
January 1st 1968 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 298 pages | ISBN: 9780491002509 | 10.75 Mb

When Mary Thompson was asked whether she was proud to bear her famous brothers name, she replied, Yes I am, but that pride is duly kept under control by the great pain which such talent caused both to him and to us. John Walshs biography is a verification. His painstaking correlation of the facts and phases of Thompsons life with his poetry, a life he interprets as what he deliberately and ruthlessly made it--a vehicle for poetic achievement--might equally prove Thompsons lack of control.

Thompson was dismissed from the seminary as lacking a vocation as a priest, but Walsh proposes it was due to another vocation, that of the poet. When he failed his medical examinations, Thompson was already a drug addict- addiction bounded him the rest of his life and left the cause of his death (morphomania?

tuberculosis? both?) in doubt. Walsh does not associate the addiction with Thompsons remarkable power of imagery- The Hound of Heaven, for which he is known today, and in which he achieved the ultimate expression in the long tradition of cosmic imagery, was written in a recuperative period. He traces influences, literary and life experiences, draws from and refutes the Meynell biography.



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