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Selected Poetry of Joseph Skipsey (1832-1903)

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 Darling
  2. "Get Up!"

Notes on Life and Works

Born March 17, 1832, in Percy, Northumberland, Joseph Skipsey was a colliery worker at seven years of age. He made himself educated, publishing verse in local newspapers until he was gradually able to leave harsh labour behind him. He earned a living as caretaker to schools and colleges. He and his wife Sara Ann Hendley, married in 1854, had eight children. Skipsey had several literary positions: Assistant Librarian, Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society (1863), and custoldian of Shakespeare's birthplace at Stratford-on-Avon (1889-91). He was awarded a annual civil list pension in 1880 for his literary work, which included preparing popular editions of important poets. Skipsey died at Gateshead on Sept. 3, 1903, and was interred in Gateshead Cemetery.

Biographical information

Given name: Joseph
Family name: Skipsey
Birth date: 17 March 1832
Death date: 3 September 1903
Nationality: English
Family relations
          wife: Sara Ann Hendley Skipsey (from 1854)
Education: Self-educated
Literary period: Victorian
          Custodian, Shakespeare's Birthplace
          Collier: 1839
          Librarian: 1863
          Percy, Northumberland: 1832
          Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England: 1889 to 1891
Buried at: Gateshead Cemetery
First RPO edition: 2001