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William Barnes

(1801-1886 / England)

William Barnes
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William Barnes was born at Blackmoor Vale in Dorset, the son of a farmer. He took a Bachelor of Divinity degree on a part-time basis at St. John's College, Cambridge, and became a clergyman in 1848. The poems he wrote about his birthplace on themes such as love, natural landscape and regional life brought him a lot of public acclaim. But he also had many other interests, especially languages. Apart from the classical languages, he also learned Welsh, Hindustani, Persian, Hebrew and a handful of European languages. His great interest in different kinds of knowledge made him write on different subjects such as mathematics, astronomy and geography. His real talent, however, lay in exploiting ... more »

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  • ''And I alone of all mankind
    Were left in loneliness behind.''
    William Barnes (1801-1886), British poet. A Winter Night (l. 13-14). . . Oxford Book of Nineteenth-Century English Verse, The. John Hayward, ed. (...
  • ''It was a chilly winter's night;
    And frost was glitt'ring on the ground,
    And evening stars were twinkling bright;''
    William Barnes (1801-1886), British poet. A Winter Night (l. 21-25). . . Oxford Book of Nineteenth-Century English Verse, The. John Hayward, ed. (...
  • ''Leaves of the summer, lovely summer's pride,
    Sweet is the shade below your silent tree,''
    William Barnes (1801-1886), British poet. Leaves (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of Nineteenth-Century English Verse, The. John Hayward, ed. (1964; repr...
  • ''Since I do miss your vaice an' feace
    In prayer at eventide,
    I'll pray wi' woone said vaice vor greace
    To goo where you do bide;''
    William Barnes (1801-1886), British poet. The Wife a-Lost (l. 25-28). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ...
  • But no. Too soon I voun' my charm abroke.
    Noo comely soul in white like her—
    Noo soul a-steppen light like her—
    An' nwone o' comely height like her—
    Went by;...
    William Barnes (1801-1886), British poet. The Wind at the Door (l. 21-25). . . Poets of the English Language, Vols. I-V. Vol. I: Langland to Spens...
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