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Selected Poetry of Walter Alexander Raleigh (1861-1922)

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 loved the Human Race;
I wish I loved its silly face;
I wish I liked the way it walks;
I wish I liked the way it talks ...
        (Wishes of an Elderly Man Wished at a Garden Party, June 1914, 1-4)
  1. The Artist
  2. A Literature Lesson. Sir Patrick Spens In the Eighteenth Century Manner
  3. My Last Will
  4. On Being Challenged to Write an Epigram in the Manner of Herrick
  5. Sestina Otiosa
  6. Song of Myself
  7. Stans Puer ad Mensam
  8. To a Lady with an Unruly and Ill-mannered Dog Who Bit several Persons of Importance
  9. Wishes of an Elderly Man Wished at a Garden Party, June 1914

Notes on Life and Works

Born September 5, 1861, Walter Alexander Raleigh received his education at the City of London School, Edinburgh Academy, University College London, and King's College Cambridge. His academic appointments were as Professor of English Literature at the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College in Aligarh (1885-87), Professor of Modern Literature at the University College Liverpool (1890-1900), Chair of English Language and Literature at Glasgow University (1900-1904), and Chair of English Literature at Oxford (1904-22). Until 1914, when he turned to the war as his subject, Raleigh published works on many major English authors. His finest book may be the first volume of The War in the Air (1922). He died from typhoid (contracted during a visit to the Near East) on May 13, 1922, survived by his wife Lucie Gertrude and their four sons and one daughter. His son Hilary edited his light prose, verse, and plays in Laughter from a Cloud (1923).

Biographical information

Given name: Walter Alexander
Family name: Raleigh
Honorific: Professor
Birth date: 5 September 1861
Death date: 13 May 1922
Nationality: English
Family relations
          wife: Lucie Gertrude Raleigh
          son: Hilary Raleigh
          City of London School
          Edinburgh Academy
          University College, London
          King's College, Cambridge
Literary period: Georgian
Occupation: Professor
          Aligarh: 1885 to 1887
          Liverpool, Lancashire, England: 1890 to 1900
          Glasgow, Scotland: 1900 to 1904
          Oxford, Oxfordshire, England: 1904 to 1922
Cause of death: Typhoid
First RPO edition: 2001