Eliza Cook

(24 December 1818 – 23 September 1889 / London Road / Southwark / England)

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Eliza Cook was an English author, Chartist poet and writer born in London Road, Southwark

Background

She was the daughter of a local tradesman. She attended the local Sunday Schools and was encouraged by the son of the music master to produce her first volume of poetry. From this she took confidence and in 1837 began to offer verse to the radical Weekly Dispatch, then edited by William Johnson Fox. She was a staple of its pages for the next ten years. She also offered material to The Literary Gazette, Metropolitan Magazine and New Monthly.

Work

Her work for the Dispatch and New Monthly was later pirated by George Julian Harney, the ... more »

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  • '''Tis a glorious charter, deny it who can,
    That's birthed in the words, "I'm an Englishman."''
    Eliza Cook (1818-1889), British poet. "An Englishman."
  • ''Why should we strive, with cynic frown,
    To knock their fairy castles down?''
    Eliza Cook (1818-1889), British poet. Oh! Dear to Memory.
  • ''Whom do we dub as Gentleman? The
    Knave, the fool, the brute—
    If they but own full tithe of gold, and
    Wear a courtly suit.''
    Eliza Cook (1818-1889), British poet. Nature's Gentleman, st. 1.
  • ''Who would not rather trust and be deceived?''
    Eliza Cook (1818-1889), British poet. Love On.
  • ''Though language forms the preacher,
    'Tis "good works" make the man.''
    Eliza Cook (1818-1889), British poet. Good Works.
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