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Selected Poetry of Edith L. M. King (1871-1962)


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

I wish, I wish,
O how I wish,
That you could understand
That all is well;
You go to dwell
In some far pasture land.
        (Cattle in Trucks, 13-18)
  1. Cattle in Trucks
  2. The Centipede
  3. Hope
  4. Thunder at Night
  5. To a Kaffir Baby
  6. The Woodlouse


Notes on Life and Works

Edith L. M. King was born at Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa, became a student in England, and afterwards taught at Eunice High School, Bloemfontein, where she was headmistress at her retirement in 1922. King spent five years studying art in Paris and exhibited her art with the Everard Group (her older sister was Ruth Everard) and elsewhere. (Thanks to André le Roux, Reference section, National Library of South Africa, Cape Town, for assistance.)

Her children's rhymes have a deceptive simplicity. They are all written from a child's perspective, in a child's voice, but any adult reader will soon find that many of these little pieces highlight the child's innocence and unknowing poignantly against the backdrop of a very dark world.

Biographical information

Given name: Edith L. M.
Family name: King
Birth date: 1871
Death date: 1962