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Selected Poetry of George Santayana (1863-1952)

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

With you a part of me hath passed away;
For in the peopled forest of my mind
A tree made leafless by this wintry wind
Shall never don again its green array.
        (To. W. P., 15-18)
  1. Cape Cod
  2. I would I might Forget that I am I
  3. There may be Chaos still around the World
  4. To. W. P.

Notes on Life and Works

Born Augustin Nicholas Ruiz de Santayana y Borais on December 16, 1863, George Santayana was raised for eight years in Avila before moving with his family to America. He lived in Boston and was educated at Harvard University, from which he graduated in 1889 with his doctorate and joined its faculty. After the publication of his The Life of Reason (1905-06), Santayana became a full professor, but he reputedly left the university in 1912, following his mother's death, because of administrative uneasiness about his unmarried state and his enjoyment of the company of young men. For the rest of his life, centered in Rome, he wandered through Europe as a man of letters. Very early in his academic career, Santayana published several volumes of poems, but his great success came as a philosopher, critic, and novelist. He died in Rome in 1952 and is buried in the Panteon de la Obra Pia espanola in Campo Verano Cemetery.

Biographical information

Given name: George
Family name: Santayana
Birth date: 16 December 1863
Death date: 26 September 1952
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: Spanish
          Harvard University to 1886
          Harvard University (Ph.D.) to 1889
Literary period: modern
          Man of Letters
          Professor: 1889 to 1912
Buried at: Campo Verano Cemetery, Rome
First RPO edition: 2003