"'Swinburne,' said a girl."
Sketch of Swinburne (1860)
Public DomainSketch of Swinburne (1860) - Credit: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

 Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909) was an English poet, novelist and playwright.

His Poems and Ballads, published in 1866, caused a stir in Victorian society because of the overtly sexual content of poems such as 'Anactoria' and 'Sapphics' which were written in homage to the Ancient Greek female poet Sappho.

Swinburne himself was an alcoholic and an algolagniac (someone who derives sexual pleasure from physical pain).