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Selected Poetry of William Allingham (1824-1889)


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

The fireside for the Cricket,
The wheatstack for the Mouse,
When trembling night-winds whistle
And moan all round the house;
The frosty ways like iron,
The branches plumed with snow, --
Alas! in Winter, dead and dark,
Where can poor Robin go?
        (Robin Redbreast, 25-32)
  1. Amy Margaret's Five Years Old
  2. Half-waking
  3. Robin Redbreast


Notes on Life and Works

William Allingham, born at Ballyshannon, published and edited verse from 1850 to his death in London on November 18, 1889. He worked for the customs service in London until his retirement in 1870, when he became sub-editor of Fraser's Magazine, then editor from 1874 to 1879. He married Helen Paterson, the water colourist. He was buried in St. Anne's Church cemetery, Ballyshannon, plot 201. His books of poetry include:

For his personal life, see A diary, edited by H. Allingham and D. Radford (London: Macmillan, 1907; PR 4004 A5Z52 1907 Robarts Library). Alan Warner has published a book of criticism, William Allingham (Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 1975; PR 4004 .A5Z875 Robarts Library). For the standard biographical summary see Robert Welch, “Allingham, William (1824-1889)”, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison (Oxford: OUP, 2004).

Biographical information

Given name: William
Family name: Allingham
Birth date: 19 March 1824
Death date: 18 November 1889
Nationality: Irish
Family relations
          father: William Allingham
          mother: Elizabeth Allingham
          wife: Helen Allingham (from 22 August 1874)
Education
          Boarding school
          Self-education
Literary period: Victorian
Occupations
          Banker: 1837 to 1846
          Customs officer: 1846 to 1870
Residences
          Ballyshannon, Ireland: 1824
          Lymington, Ireland: 1863
          London, England: 1870 to 1881
          Witley, England: 1881 to 1888
          Hampstead, England: 1888 to 1889
Buried at: Cremated at Woking; buried in St. Anne's Church, Ballyshannon, plot 201
First RPO edition: 1999