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The Rhymers' Club was a group of London-based poets, founded in 1890 by W. B. Yeats and Ernest Rhys. Originally not much more than a dining club, generally meeting upstairs at the Cheshire Cheese pub in Fleet Street, it did produce anthologies of poetry in 1892 and 1894. A 1907 engraving of Yeats. ... Ernest Percival Rhys (July 17, 1859 – May 25, 1946) was an English writer, best known for his role as founding editor of the Everymans Library series of affordable classics. ... For the television series tentatively titled Fleet Street, see Boston Legal. ... 1892 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1894 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...

Those who took part included also Ernest Dowson, Lionel Johnson, Richard Le Gallienne, John Davidson, Edwin Ellis, Selwyn Image, A. S. Hillier, John Todhunter, Arthur Symons, Ernest Radford and Thomas William Rolleston. Oscar Wilde attended some meetings that were held in private homes. The group as a whole matched quite closely Yeats' retrospective idea of 'the tragic generation', destined for failure and in many cases early death. Ernest Christopher Dowson (2 August 1867-23 February 1900), an English poet who was associated with the Decadent Movement, was born at Lee south-east of London. ... Lionel Pigot Johnson (15 March 1867 - 4 October 1902) was an English poet, essayist and critic. ... Richard Le Gallienne (1866 - 1947) was an English man of letters, very much associated with the literary world of London in the 1890s; after that he resided in the USA, without altering his period style. ... John Davidson is also the name of a former ice hockey player. ... Edwin John Ellis (1848 - 1916) was a British poet and illustrator, now remembered mostly for the three-volume edition The works of William Blake, poetic, symbolic and critical (1893) he edited with W. B. Yeats. ... John Todhunter (December 30, 1839 - October 25th, 1916) was an Irish poet and playwright who wrote seven volumes of poetry, and several plays. ... Arthur Symons (February 28, 1865 _ January 22, 1945), was a British poet and critic. ... Ernest Radford ( 1857 – 1919) was a British poet, critic and socialist. ... Thomas William Hazen Rolleston (1857 - 1920) was an Irish writer, literary figure and translator, known as a poet but publishing over a wide range of literary and political topics. ... Oscar Wilde Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) was an Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer. ...

By the time Arthur Ransome wrote his Bohemia in London in 1907, the group had already passed into legend: "... the Rhymer's Club used to meet, to drink from tankards, smoke clay pipes, and recite their own poetry". In fact Ransome's research was less than thorough; the group continued to meet in some form until about 1904. Wikiquote quotations relating to: Arthur Ransome Arthur Ransome (January 18, 1884–June 3, 1967) was a British childrens author. ...

Reference: Jeffares, A. Norman. W.B. Yeats: A New Biography. (Hutchinson 1988)



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