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Selected Poetry of Alan Seeger (1888-1916)


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

For us, we battled and burned and killed
Because evolving Nature willed,
And it was our pride and boast to be
The instruments of Destiny.
        (The Hosts, 41-44)
  1. The Hosts
  2. I have a Rendezvous with Death
  3. Ode in Memory of the American Volunteers Fallen for France
  4. Sonnet XVI: Who shall Invoke her


Notes on Life and Works

Born in New York and Harvard-educated in Italian studies, Seeger edited the Harvard Monthly in 1906. He had travelled to Paris and settled in his Latin Quarter in 1912, where he enlisted in the Foreign Legion and served in World War I. He was killed at Belloy-en-Santerre and received posthumously the Croix de Guerre and the Medaille Militaire. William Archer brought out an edition of his collected poems in 1917, and Scribner's published Seeger's Letters and Diary in the same year (D 640 S 38 Robarts Library). A recent biography is Irving Werstein's Sound no Trumpet: The Life and Death of Alan Seeger (New York: Crowell, 1967; PS 3537 E2629 Robarts Library).

Biographical information

Given name: Alan
Family name: Seeger
Birth date: 1888
Death date: 1916