Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy (14 March 1844 – 30 January 1881 / London)
O'Shaughnessy was born on May 14, 1844 in London, England. At the age of seventeen he received the post of transcriber in the library of the British Museum. Two years later at the age of nineteen he was appointed to be an assistant in the natural history department, where he specialized in icthyology. However, his true passion was for literature. He published his Epic of Women in 1870, his first collection. He printed three collections of poetry between 1870 and 1874. When he was thirty he married and did not print any more volumes of poetry for the last seven years of his life. His last volume, Songs of a worker was published after his death the same year.
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- A Love Symphony
- I Made Another Garden
- Summer Has Come Without the Rose
- The Fountain of Tears
- We Are the Music-Makers
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''We, in the ages lyingArthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy (1844-1881), British poet. Ode (l. 17-20). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller...
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with our sighing,
And Babel itself with our mirth;''
''For each age is a dream that is dying,Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy (1844-1881), British poet. Ode (l. 23-24). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller...
Or one that is coming to birth.''
We are the music-makers,Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy (1844-1881), British poet. Ode (l. 1-6). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-C...
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
''With wonderful deathless dittiesArthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy (1844-1881), British poet. Ode (l. 9-10). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-...
We build up the world's great cities,''
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