Atalanta in Calydon

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A poetic drama by Swinburne, published 1865. It tells the story of the hunting of the wild boar sent by Artemis to ravage Calydon in revenge for its neglect of her: Meleager slays the boar, presents the spoils to the virgin athlete and huntress Atalanta, and then himself dies through the intervention of his mother Althaea. The work was highly praised for its successful imitation of Greek models. It is now chiefly remembered for the ‘chorus’ beginning ‘When the hounds of spring are on winter's traces…’

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Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837—1909) poet and literary reviewer