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Selected Poetry of Charles Stuart Calverley (1831-1884)


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
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

One pound of British beef, and then
What Mr. Swiveller called a "modest quencher";
That home-returning, I may "soothly say,"
"Fate cannot touch me: I have dined to-day."
        (Beer, 117-120)
  1. Beer
  2. Changed
  3. Love
  4. Peace. A Study


Notes on Life and Works

Charles Stuart Calverley, born on December 22, 1831, at Martley, Worcestershire, was educated at Marlborough College, Harrow, Oxford, and Cambridge, and was elected a fellow of Christ's College and appointed a lecturer in Classics in 1857. His Verses and Translations (1862), and later translations of Theocritus and Virgil, stem from his academic research. In 1863 he married his cousin Ellen and began to study law at the Inner Temple. Shortly after being called to the Bar in 1865, Calverley had a skating accident that was to put an end to his career. He continued to write light verse, publishing poems in journals, and then collecting them in Fly Leaves in 1872. He lived on, sickly, until his death from Bright's disease in 1884, and was survived by his wife and two children. His Literary Remains came out posthumously in 1865.

Biographical information

Given name: Charles Stuart
Family name: Calverley
Birth date: 22 December 1831
Death date: 17 February 1884
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Henry Blayds
          wife: Ellen Calverley
Languages
          English
          Latin
          Greek
Education
          Private tutors
          Harrow: 9 September 1846
          Balliol College, Oxford: 25 November 1850 to 1852
          Christ's College, Cambridge: 1852
          Law to 1865
          Marlborough College: 1846 to 1846
Honours
          Balliol scholarship: 1850
          Oxford chancellor's prize: 1851
          Camden medal: 1853
          Craven scholarship: 1854
          Browne medal (Greek ode): 1855
          Camden medal: 1855
          Member's prize (Latin essay): 1856
          Fellow of Christ's College: 1858
Literary period: Victorian
Occupation: Lawyer: 1865
Residences
          17 Devonshire Terrace, Hyde Park, London to 1884
          Worcestershire: 1831
          Cambridge: 1852
Illnesses
          Depression
          Bright's disease
          Concussion: 1866
Cause of death: Bright's disease
Buried at: Folkstone cemetery
First RPO edition: 1998