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Selected Poetry of Thomas William Hodgson Crosland (1865-1924)


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

Steadfast in his despair,
He doth not rage;
But with unconquerable eye
And soul aflame to fly,
Considereth the sun.
        (The Eagle, 8-12)
  1. Antarctic
  2. The Baby in the Ward
  3. Charing Cross
  4. The Eagle
  5. The Good Conceit
  6. Killed
  7. Marching On
  8. Recipe
  9. The Rhyme of the Beast
  10. Slain
  11. The "Student"
  12. Titanic


Notes on Life and Works

Thomas William Hodgson Crosland was born in Leeds on July 21, 1865. He was among the most acerbic men of letters and journalists of his lifetime. An anti-Scottish Tory and Monarchist, a Methodist, Crosland earned his living as a Fleet Street reviewer, critic, and editor for journals like The Outlook, The Academy, and the Penny Illustrated Paper. A close friend of Lord Alfred Douglas, Crosland was notorious for his bitter attack on the Oscar Wilde who wrote De Profundis. His poems, in volumes such as Sonnets (1912), War Poems by X (1916), and Collected Poems (1917), reveal sympathy for the downtrodden, the English soldier, and the sick. A sufferer from diabetes and heart ailments for much of his middle age, he died on December 23, 1924, and was buried in the Finchley and St Mary-le-Bone Cemetery, London. He was survived by his wife Annie Moore and one son, John.

Biographical information

Given name: Thomas William Hodgson
Family name: Crosland
Birth date: 21 July 1865
Death date: 23 December 1924
Nationality: English
Religion: Methodist
Politics: Tory
Occupation: Journalist
Residence: 7 Mitcham Street, Marylebone, London to 1924
Buried at: Finchley and St Mary-le-Bone Cemetery, London
First RPO edition: 2002