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Lascelles Abercrombie

Lascelles Abercrombie

Abercrombie, Lascelles, 1881-1938, English poet and critic. Complex and cerebral in style, his poetry often expresses his distaste for 20th-century industrialism. His volumes of poetry include Interludes and Poems (1908), Emblems of Love (1912), and Collected Poems (1930). He also wrote influential critical works, notably Thomas Hardy (1912) and The Theory of Poetry (1924).
Lascelles Abercrombie (also known as the Georgian Laureate) (January 9, 1881October 27, 1938) was a British poet and literary critic, one of the "Dymock poets". He was born in Ashton upon Mersey and educated at the University of Manchester.

Before the First World War, he lived for a time at Dymock in Gloucestershire, part of a community which included Rupert Brooke and Robert Frost. Edward Thomas also visited. In 1922, he was appointed Professor of English at the University of Leeds. In 1929 he moved on to the University of London, and in 1935 a prestigious readership at Oxford University. He wrote a series of works on the nature of poetry, and several volumes of original verse, that were collected in 'Poems' (1930). In the same year he published separately his most important poem, 'The Sale of Saint Thomas' in six 'Acts'. He was the brother of the architect Patrick Abercrombie.

His son was the cell biologist Michael Abercrombie.

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