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Selected Poetry of Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

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

Here hath been dawning
Another blue Day:
Think wilt thou let it
Slip useless away.
  1. Cui Bono
  2. Fortuna
  3. Today

Notes on Life and Works

Thomas Carlyle was born on December 4, 1795. After attending Annan Academy and Edinburgh University, he taught mathematics for a time before finding his vocation as one of the foremost essayists, biographers, and historians of his century. At first he devoted himself to introducing German literature into English in translation, but his reputation stands on his original prose: Sartor Resartus (1834), History of the French Revolution (1837), Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic (1840), Past and Present (1843), and Frederick the Great (1858-65). The little poetry he published was composed before 1840 and appears as an appendix in his volumes of essays, but they have a popularity far greater than their number or their academic rating would suggest. The death of his life-long partner and wife, Jane Welsh, in 1866 brought an end to his great writing. Carlyle died on February 5, 1881, and is buried at Ecclefechan.

Biographical information

Given name: Thomas
Family name: Carlyle
Birth date: 4 December 1795
Death date: 5 February 1881
Nationality: Scottish
Family relations
          father: James Carlyle
          mother: Janet Carlyle
          wife: Jane Baillie Carlyle (from 17 October 1826)
          brother: Alexander Carlyle
          brother: James Carlyle
          brother: John Aitken Carlyle
          sister: Jane Aitken
          sister: Mary Austin
          sister: Janet Carlyle
          sister: Margaret Carlyle
          sister: Janet Hanning
          grandfather: Thomas Carlyle
          Annan Academy: 1805
          Edinburgh University: 1809
Religion: Calvinism
Politics: Radical
Honour: Prussian Order of Merit: February 1874
Literary period: Victorian
          Tutor: 1814
          Ecclefechan, Annandale: 1795
          Edinburgh: 1819
          Craigenputtock: 1828
          Edinburgh: 1833
          London: 1834
Illness: Dyspepsia
Buried at: Ecclefechan kirkyard, Scotland
First RPO edition: 2001