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Every one knows the manifest work of the cloud when it descends and partakes in the landscape obviously, lies half-way across the mountain slope, stoops to rain heavily upon the lake, and blots out part of the view by the rough method of standing in front of it.
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Life Edit. Meynell was born in Barnes, London, to Christiana (Weller) and Thomas James Thompson.Her father was a friend of Charles Dickens.The family moved around England, Switzerland, and France, but Alice was brought up mostly in Italy, where a daughter of Thomas from his first marriage had settled. Preludes (1875) was her first poetry collection, illustrated by her elder sister Elizabeth.
In Alice Meynell, they at last had a poet whose whole personal life could be seen as exemplary. But the very excess of critical praise for Alice Meynell's life ended up harming her reputation in the long term. Since she embodied turn-of-the-century gender ideology so precisely, she seemed hopelessly outmoded once these beliefs disappeared.
See Alice Meynell, The Colour of Life and Other Essays on Things Seen and Heard (London: John Lane, 1896) and The Children (London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1897). In the first edition of The Children, facing the title page (which was designed by Charles Robinson), the Bodley Head advertised the fourth edition of her Poems (1893), The Rhythm of Life (1893), and The Colour of Life (1896).