Lionel Johnson (1867-1902)

It is generally believed that the "Destroyer of a Soul" was Oscar Wilde. The soul was that of Lord Alfred Douglas. Johnson had introduced the two. Johnson's verse is often described as deliberately old-fashioned, orderly, precise, and classical. These qualities seem especially apparent in The Age of a Dream (which is in hexameter) and ran counter to the Impressionist/Decadent movement of the 1890s. Perhaps ironically, he died of a stroke after falling off a barstool in 1902.