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Selected Poetry of John Todhunter (1839-1916)


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

Thou didst bear the sins of mortals,
Who shall bear the sins of God?
        (Golgotha)
  1. The Black Knight
  2. Golgotha


Notes on Life and Works

Poet, playwright, and pioneer of the Irish literary movement, John Todhunter was born in Dublin on December 30, 1839, and educated at medical school in Trinity College, from which he graduated M.B. in 1867 and M.D. in 1871. In Dublin he acted as Visiting Physician at the Cork Street Fever Hospital and, from 1870 to 1874, Professor of English Literature at Alexandria College. He re-settled in Bedford Park, London, in 1881. His first wife, née Ball, died shortly after their marriage in May 1870. He and his second wife, Dora L. Digby, wed in 1879. For many years he was a member of the Rhymers' Club, and the Sette of Odd Volumes. He died in Chiswick.

Biographical information

Given name: John
Family name: Todhunter
Birth date: 1839
Death date: 1916