The body of a poet is found in a sunless cellar.
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After his first wife’s suicide, Percy Bysshe Shelley applied for custody of their children. Lord Eldon denied his petition, citing the poet’s conduct and principles, which, wrote the lord, “the law calls upon me to consider as immoral and vicious” as well as “inconsistent with the duties of persons in such relations of life.”
All moanday, tearsday, wailsday, thumpsday, frightday, shatterday till the fear of the Law.—James Joyce, 1939
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