See also:born in
See also:Hereford in 1818 . He was educated at
See also:Cheltenham and Christ's
See also:College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1842 . Having taken
See also:holy orders he was appointed curate of Offenham, near
See also:Evesham in 1843, and two years later he was presented to the living of Pendock in
See also:Worcestershire, where he remained until 1877 . While at Offenham he became acquainted with H . E . Strickland and imbibed from him such an
See also:interest in natural
See also:history and geology, that his leisure was henceforth devoted to these subjects . He was one of the founders of the Woolhope Naturalists'
See also:Club (1851) and of the
See also:Malvern Naturalists' Field Club (18J3), and was an active member of the Cotteswold Field Club and other
See also:societies . In 1858 he edited an edition of Hugh
See also:Miller's Cruise of the " Betsey." Ile was the author of numerous essays on the geology of the Malvern
See also:country, notably of a paper " On the passage-beds from the Upper
See also:Silurian rocks into the
See also:Lower Old Red
See also:Sandstone at
See also:Ledbury " (Quart . Journ . Geol .
See also:Soc . 186o) .
See also:work was Records of the Rocks (1872) . He was author of Stones of the Valley (18J7), Old Bones, or Notes for
See also:Young Naturalists (18J9, 2nd ed . 1864), and other popular
See also:works . He died at Cheltenham on the 15th of
See also:September 1887 . See A
See also:Sketch of the
See also:Life of the Rev . W . S .
See also:Symonds, by the Rev . J . D . La Touche . SYMOND'S YAT, one of the most famous view points on the
See also:river Wye; England .
At a point 9 m. above
See also:Monmouth and 12 M. below
See also:Ross by
See also:water, the Wye makes a sweep of nearly 5 m.
See also:round a peninsula whose
See also:neck is only some 600 yds. across . The peninsula is occupied by the
See also:limestone acclivity of Hunts-
See also:Hill . Caverns are seen in the limestone on both precipitous
See also:banks of the river . The Yat or
See also:Gate is situated on the west side of the neck, which reaches an
See also:elevation over 500 ft., and a road from the east drops to a
See also:ferry, which was of early importance as a
See also:highway between England and
See also:Wales . The boundary between
See also:Herefordshire and
See also:Gloucestershire crosses the neck; the Yat is in the
See also:county first named, but the railway station, on the east side (
See also:bank) is in Gloucestershire . It is on the Ross-Monmouth
See also:line of the
See also:Great Western railway . There are here groups of cottages and several inns on both banks, while opposite the Yat itself is the
See also:hamlet of New
See also:Weir, and a little above it the
See also:village of
See also:Whitchurch . The river banks are densely wooded, except where they become sheer cliffs, as at the Coldwell rocks above the station . The surrounding country is hilly and
See also:rich, and the views from the Yat are superb, embracing the
See also:Forest of Dean to the south and east, and backed by the mountains of the Welsh border in the west.parents . He was educated privately, spending much of his
See also:time in France and Italy . In 1884-1886 he edited four of
See also:Quarto Facsimiles, and in 1888-1889 seven plays of the "
See also:Henry Irving " Shakespeare . He became a member of the
See also:staff of the
See also:Athenaeum in 1891, and of the Saturday Review in 1894 .
See also:volume of
See also:verse, Days and Nights (1889), consisted of dramatic monologues . His later verse is influenced by a close study of
See also:modern French writers, of Baudelaire and especially of
See also:Verlaine . He reflects French tendencies both in the subject-
See also:matter and
See also:style of his poems, in their eroticism and their vividness of description . His volumes of verse are: Silhouettes (1892),
See also:London Nights (1895), Amoris victima (1897), Images of
See also:Good and Evil (1899), A
See also:Book of Twenty Songs (1905) . In 1902 he made a selection from his earlier verse, published as Poems (2 vols.) . He translated from the
See also:Italian of Gabriele d'
See also:Annunzio The Dead City (1900) and The
See also:Child of Pleasure (1898), and from the French of Emile
See also:Verhaeren The
See also:Dawn (1898) . To The Poems of Ernest Dawson (1905) he prefixed an
See also:essay on the deceased poet, who was a kind of
See also:English Verlaine and had many attractions for Mr Symons . Among his volumes of collected essays are: Studies in Two Literatures (1897), The Symbolist School in Literature (1899), Cities (1903), word-pictures of Rome, Venice, Naples, Seville, &c., Plays, Acting and
See also:Music (1903), Studies in
See also:Prose and Verse (1904), Spiritual Adventures (1905), Studies in Seven Arts (1906) .
JOHN ADDINGTON SYMONDS (184o-180, English critic an...
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