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Selected Poetry of Henry Louis Vivian Derozio (1807-1831)


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
© 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Oh! in such moments can I crush
The grass beneath my feet?
Ah no; the grass has then a voice,
Its heart -- I hear it beat.
        (A Walk by Moonlight, 77-80)
  1. The Harp of India
  2. Song of the Hindustanee Minstrel
  3. A Walk by Moonlight


Notes on Life and Works

Henry Louis Vivian Derozio, described by P. Lal as a "Calcutta Eurasian of Portuguese Indian ancestry," was born on April 18, 1807, and educated in a private English-speaking school in the Dharmatala or (today) Esplanade area around the Shahid Minar in Calcutta. A journalist who contributed verse to the India Gazette and brought out a book of English poetry, The Fakeer of Jungheera in 1828, Derozio by that year had joined Hindu College (founded in 1817, now Presidency College), Calcutta. Institutional outrage at his charismatic and radical, or rather open-minded, teaching caused him to resign in 1831. The College auditorium is today called Derozio Hall. He then established the East Indian daily newspaper but died shortly afterwards, on Dec. 26, 1831, of cholera.

Biographical information

Given name: Henry Louis Vivian
Family name: Derozio
Birth date: 18 April 1807
Death date: 26 December 1831
Nationality: Bengali
Languages
          English
          Bengali
Occupations
          Teacher: 1828 to 1831
          Journalist: 1831
Residence: Calcutta, India: 1807 to 1831
Cause of death: cholera
First RPO edition: 2002