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Selected Poetry of Annie Louisa Walker (1836-1907)


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

To live, unknown beyond the cherished circle
    Which we can bless and aid;
To die, and not a heart that does not love us
    Know where we're laid.
        (Women's Rights)
  1. The Night Cometh
  2. Women's Rights


Notes on Life and Works

British-born novelist, children's playwright, and poet, educated in Point Levy, Quebec, and Sarnia, Ontario, where she and her sisters operated a school for ladies, Walker published poetry widely in newspapers on both sides of the border before collecting them in Leaves from the Backwoods in 1861-62. She returned to England to work for her cousin, Margaret Oliphant, a well-known novelist, and edited her Autobiography and Letters in 1899 (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1974; PR 5114 A3 Robarts Library), this time under her married name, Mrs. Harry Coghill. She collected her poetic output in Oak and Maple: English and Canadian Verses (London: Kegan Paul, 1890; CIHM microfiche 696 Robarts Library).

Biographical information

Given name: Annie Louisa
Family name: Walker
Birth date: 1836
Death date: 1907