A.C. Swinburne is buried in the new parish church,
Bonchurch, Isle of Wight, England. (Henry de Vere Stacpoole,
the novelist, is also buried in this churchyard.)
Grave of Algernon Swinburne
the son of Admiral and Lady Jane Swinburne. He was born in London but
spent much of his childhood on the Isle of Wight; it was here that he
developed his love of the sea.
He was educated at Eton and at Balliol College, Oxford. Whilst at Oxford University he met D.G.
Rossetti and became involved with the
Swinburne's second collection Atalanta in Calydon
(1865) brought him to public attention. However, the following year he
published Poems and Ballads which elicited widespread
condemnation - particularly from Robert Buchanan who saw it as immoral.
It was Buchanan who coined the phrase the 'Fleshly
School of Poetry' to describe, what he saw as, the depraved quality
of both Rossetti's and Swinburne's work.
Swinburne was a radical
character who incensed many of his fellow Victorians. He was an
alcoholic, was prone to fits of nervous excitement, had an interest in
sado-masochism and was also an atheist.
In 1879 he moved in with his
friend Theodore Watts-Dunton to Number 11 Putney Hill, London. Watts-Dunton cared for Swinburne and acted as a
moderating influence upon him.