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51 Selected Poems by William Allingham

51 Selected Poems by William Allingham

ISBN: 9781451507034
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 2010-02-20
Number of pages: 88
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William Allingham was an Irish man of letters and a poet. He began his career aged fourteen, working in a bank but quit in 1846 to join the Customs Office. Visiting London in 1847, he became acquainted with the poet Leigh Hunt and in 1849 with Coventry Patmore. In 1850 his first book of poems was dedicated to Leigh Hunt. From 1850-53 he became friends with Thomas Carlyle, Alfred Tennyson, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the other members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His chief correspondents throughout his life were Rossetti and Henry Sutton, a young poet journalist in Nottingham. In 1855 William Allingham's Day and Night Songs was published with nine illustrations by Rossetti, John Everett Millais and Arthur Hughes, cut by the Dalziel brothers. His poetry, which was influenced by the tradition of Border Ballads, was close to that of Rossetti and William Morris. In 1865 his Fifty Modern Poems was published, and in 1877 an anthology of his work, Songs, Ballads and Stories. In 1870, through Carlyle's influence, William Allingham became sub-editor of Fraser's Magazine, and then in 1874 he succeeded the historian J. A. Froude as editor, holding this post for five years. As well as JW, William Allingham was the friend of such prominent artists and writers as Edward Burne-Jones, Charles Dickens and the Brownings.

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