Algernon Charles Swinburne was an English poet also known for his work as a playwright, novelist, and critic. His best-known collection of poetry is Poems and Ballads, in which he wrote on tough topics, ones that are usually considered taboo. These included cannibalism, anti-theism, and lesbianism. His poetry also often features historical figures and the theme of death, the ocean, and concepts of time. He is considered to be of the “decadent school,” but it’s often suggested that his “vice” was more imagined than real.