Post by Tabula Raza
Is he real or a fictional creation of Moorcock? If he's a fictional
creation has anyone collected the poems ?
Ernest Wheldrake is a fictional creation of
nineteenth-century poet Algernon Charles Swinburne, who
published a spoof review of his _The Monomaniac's Tragedy
and Other Poems_ (also crediting him with _Eve: A Mystery_).
Wheldrake was invented as a spoof on the current "spasmodic"
school, who wrote in fantastic language of extreme
situations and hysterically overblown emotional outbursts.
Real examples include Philip James Bailey's _Festus: A
Poem_, Alexander Smith's "A Life Drama", and Sydney Dobell's
_Balder_. Somewhat more accessible and fairly close to the
spasmodic school are Tennyson's _Maud_ and Elizabeth Barrett
Browning's _A Drama of Exile_.
I don't know what samples of his work Moorcock gives, so I
can't say whether he wrote them himself or took them from
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