Théophile-Jules-Henri "Theo" Marzials (20 December 1850 – 2 February 1920) was a British composer, singer and poet. Marzials was described in 1894 as a "poet and eccentric" by parodist Max Beerbohm, and, after writing and performing several popular songs, vanished into obscurity. His poetry is seen as an example of 19th-century aestheticism.
- And also there’s a little star
So white a virgin’s it must be:—
Perhaps the lamp my love in heaven
Hangs out to light the way for me.
- Song (1883).
- “Ahoy! and Oho, and it’s who’s for the ferry?”
(The brier’s in bud and the sun going down:)
“And I’ll row ye so quick and I’ll row ye so steady,
And ’t is but a penny to Twickenham Town.
- Twickenham Ferry (1883).
The barges down in the river flop.
From the slimy branches the grey drips drop...
To the oozy waters, that lounge and flop...
And my head shrieks--"Stop"
And my heart shrieks--"Die."...
- A Tragedy, reported by several critics to be the worst poem published in the English language..
About Theo Marzials
- I have read a rondeau or rondel by Marzials in the Athenaeum beginning and ending "When I see you": it was very graceful and shewing an art and finish rare in English verse. This makes me the more astonished about Flop flop.
- [T]he handsomest, the wittiest, the most brilliant and the most charming of poets. On the last occasion when I happened to catch sight of him, looking into a case of stuffed birds at South Kensington Museum, he had eaten five large chocolate creams in the space of two minutes. He had a career tragic in the extreme and, as I believe, is now dead.