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Selected Poetry of James McIntyre (1827-1906)


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

Will you please to let me go, Ma,
To McIntyre's, to buy a Sofa.
          (Let her Go)
  1. American Poets: Longfellow
  2. English Poets: Shelley
  3. Irish Poets: Oliver Goldsmith
  4. Mrs. Moody
  5. Nova Scotia
  6. Ode on the Mammoth Cheese


Notes on Life and Works

James McIntyre (1827-1906), an emigrant from Scotland, settled in Ontario in 1841. He founded a furniture factory and store in Ingersoll, Ontario, and used his skills at versifying to advertise his wares and to promote local agriculture, including cheese-making. He published two books of verse:

William Arthur Deacon raised Canadian consciousness on the very existence of McIntyre's pioneering work in his anthology, The Four Jameses (Ottawa, 1927; PS 8081 D4 Robarts Library). That Carole Gerson's anthology, Canadian Poetry From the Beginnings Through the First World War (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1994), includes McIntyre's "Ode on the Mammoth Cheese" suggests that the academic community has now accepted his work in the generous spirit in which it was intended by its eccentric author.

See also Oh! Queen of cheese: selections from James McIntyre, the cheese poet: with additional cheese pieces by Roy A. Abrahamson (Toronto: Cherry Tree Press, 1979); PURDY/M/70 University College.

Biographical information

Given name: James
Family name: McIntyre
Birth date: 1827
Death date: 1906