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Selected Poetry of William Hamilton (1891-1917)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

But I long for a sight of the pines, and the blue shadows under;
For the sweet-smelling gums, and the throbbing of African air;
For the sun and the sand, and the sound of the surf's ceaseless thunder,
The height, and the breadth and the depth, and the nakedness there!
        (The Song of an Exile, 9-12)
  1. The Song of an Exile

Notes on Life and Works

William Hamilton was born in Dumfries, Scotland, immigrated to South Africa, and was educated at the South African College (now University of Cape Town), where he went on to teach English and Philosophy. He died in Flanders, 1917. (Thanks to André le Roux, Reference section, National Library of South Africa, Cape Town, for assistance.)

Biographical information

Given name: William
Family name: Hamilton
Birth date: 1891
Death date: 1917