||28th Feb. Symons born at Milford
Haven, Wales, the son of a Wesleyan minister.
||The peripatetic life of a minister
takes the family to Guernsey, Northumberland,
Cornwall and Devon.
"As for myself, I have never known what
it was to have a home, as most children know it; a
home that one has lived in so long that it has got
into the ways, the bodily creases, of its
inhabitants, like an old comfortable garment, warmed
through and through by the same flesh" A.S.
||First published article (on Browning) appears in Wesleyan-Methodist
||His paper "Is Browning
Dramatic?" read to a meeting of the London
||Writes an introduction to
Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis for Furnivall's Quarto
||His first book: Introduction to
the Study of Browning.
||Meets Walter Pater and Havelock Ellis
||Publishes Days and Nights,
his first volume of verse.
Meets Robert Browning.
||In Paris. Meets Verlaine, Mallarmé,
Huysmans and others.
Becomes a member of the Rhymers
Club. Meets Yeats, Dowson, Lionel
||The Minister's Call,
Symons's first play, produced by the Independent
Publishes Silhouettes (poems).
||Publishes an essay, "The
Decadent Movement in Literature":
It is the poetry of sensation, of evocation;
poetry which paints as well as sings, and which
paints as Whistler paints, seeming to think the
colours and outlines upon the canvas, to think them
only, and they are there... To fix the last fine
shade, the quintessence of things; to fix it
fleetingly; to be disembodied voice, and yet the
voice of a human soul: that is the ideal of
Decadence, and it is what Paul Verlaine has achieved.
to arrange Verlaine's lecture tour in England.
||Travelled in Italy and visited Paris,
where he met Yvette Guilbert, who described him thus:
Quite young,... fair hair plastered on his
temples, a narrow thin face, pale skin, rather pink
on the cheek-bones; thick, rather sensual, very red
lips, wet and shiny; darting eyes, now looking blue,
now black, eyelids and lashes that beat wildly like
the wings of a frightened bird.
appears in the first number of The Yellow Book.
Its description of "The chance romances
of the streets,/The Juliet of a night"
is the cause of a good deal of the moralising
disapproval that greets the volume.
A critic asked: Why should poetic art be
employed to celebrate common fornication?
London Nights (poems) published by Leonard Smithers, to similar
Trial of Oscar Wilde. Symons will later visit Wilde
||With Aubrey Beardsley, edits The
Savoy (published by Leonard
||Second edition of London Nights,
with a combative preface answering the "singular
unanimity of abuse" that the critics had awarded
Amoris Victima (poems).
||Meets Rhoda Bowser
||Images of Good and Evil
||The Symbolist Movement in
owe Mr Symons a great debt; but for having read his
book I should not, in the year 1908, have heard of
Laforgue or Rimbaud; I should probably not have begun
to read Verlaine; and but for reading Verlaine, I
should not have heard of Corbière. So the Symons
book is one of those which have affected the course
of my life." - T.S.Eliot
||Marries Rhoda Bowser.
||Meets James Joyce, to whom Yeats
confided: "Symons has always had a
longing to commit great sin, but he has never been
able to get beyond ballet girls."
||Publishes Spiritual Adventures
||The Fool of the World