Frances M. Jones Bannerman

(1855-1940 / Canada)

Biography of Frances M. Jones Bannerman

Frances M. Jones Bannerman poet

Frances Bannerman (née Jones) (1855 – 1940) was a Canadian poet. She was the daughter of Lieutenant-Governor A.G. Jones.Her best-known poem is "An Upper Chamber", which is included in the Oxford Book of English Verse.She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and died in Torquay, England. Before turning to poetry (because of rheumatoid arthritis) she had been an artist and is exhibited at the art gallery of The Rooms in Newfoundland. She was the first woman to be elected an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy (1882), following the charter membership of Charlotte Schreiber. She exhibited her work at the Royal Canadian Academy (1881- 83), the Paris Salon (1883 and 1884), the Royal Society of British Artists (1883-86) and (1889-90), the Royal Academy (1885, 1888-91) and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (1885, 1888-91).

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An Upper Chamber

I CAME into the City and none knew me;
   None came forth, none shouted 'He is here!
Not a hand with laurel would bestrew me,
   All the way by which I drew anear--
   Night my banner, and my herald Fear.

But I knew where one so long had waited
   In the low room at the stairway's height,
Trembling lest my foot should be belated,

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