Leslie Holdsworth Allen

(21 June 1879 – 5 January 1964 / Victoria / Australia)

Leslie Holdsworth Allen
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Leslie Holdsworth Allen was an Australian academic and poet. He was Professor of English at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, the senior lecturer of English and Latin at Canberra University College and chairman of the Literature Censorship Board.

Early life

Allen was born in Maryborough, Victoria, the second son of William Allen, a Congregational minister and the older brother of Sir Carleton Allen. He was eleven when his family moved to Sydney where he attended Newington College (1894–1899). He later attended the University of Sydney and the University of Leipzig.

Academic career

In 1911, Allen was appointed as a senior lecturer in classics ... more »

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When I was a burst of thunder
Born on the Nubian cliffs,
And the sands flashed white in wonder,
And in Khem the curious glyphs
Shone out from the cavern-tombs
On the huddled bats in the glooms,
’Mid the great stone kings I rumbled
That sit by the river-brinks,
And my sand-clouds eddied and tumbled
Round the old stare of the Sphinx;
Then with harsh-throated cries
I burst on Memnon’s eyes.
The force of me made no quiver
In that earth-ancient gaze;
I felt my raging shiver
And shrink to desert-haze, ...

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