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Selected Poetry of Isa Craig Knox (1831-1903)

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

  1. The Incarnation

Notes on Life and Works

Isa Craig, born Oct. 17, 1831, in Edinburgh, was largely self-educated in literature. By 1853, she worked at and contributed poems to the newspaper the Scotchman. Her first book, Poems by Isa, came out in 1856. She left Scotland for London in 1857, where she was employed as secretary for the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science. Her most famous poem was an ode on Burns, which won a prize at the Crystal Palace in 1858. Two more books, Poems: An Offering to Lancashire and Duchess Agnes, a Drama, and Other Poems, followed in 1863 and 1864. She left the Association to marry her cousin, John Knox, in 1866. Her final book of poems, Songs of Consolation, was published in 1874, though she had turned by then to write schoolbooks on English history. She died at Brockley, Suffolk, on Dec. 23, 1903.

Biographical information

Given name: Isa
Family name: Knox
Maiden name: Craig
Birth date: 17 October 1831
Death date: 23 December 1903
Nationality: Scottish
Family relations
          father: John Craig
          husband: John Knox (from May 1866)
Language: English
Honour: Crystal Palace prize for centenary poem on Burns: 1858
Literary period: Victorian
Occupation: Editor
          Edinburgh: 17 June 1831
          London: 1857
First RPO edition: 2001