Charles Stuart Calverley

(22 December 1831 – 17 February 1884 / Martley, Worchestershire)

Charles Stuart Calverley
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Charles Stuart Calverley was an English poet and wit. He was the literary father of what has been called "the university school of humour".

Early Life

He was born at Martley, Worcestershire, and given the name Charles Stuart Blayds. In 1852, his father, the Rev. Henry Blayds, resumed the old family name of Calverley, which his grandfather had exchanged for Blayds in 1807. Charles went up to Balliol College, Oxford from Harrow School in 1850, and was soon known in Oxford as the most daring and high-spirited undergraduate of his time. He was a universal favourite, a delightful companion, a brilliant scholar and the playful enemy of all "dons." In 1851 he won the ... more »

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  • '''Tis not that thy mien is stately,
    'Tis not that thy tones are soft;''
    Charles Stuart Calverley (1831-1884), British poet. Lines on Hearing the Organ (l. 93-94). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, The. Kingsl...
  • ''Grinder, who serenely grindest
    At my door the Hundredth Psalm,''
    Charles Stuart Calverley (1831-1884), British poet. Lines on Hearing the Organ (l. 1-2). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, The. Kingsley...
  • ''Tell me, Grinder, if thou grindest
    Always, always out of tune.''
    Charles Stuart Calverley (1831-1884), British poet. Lines on Hearing the Organ (l. 19-20). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, The. Kingsl...
  • ''But I've heard mankind abuse thee;
    And perhaps it's rather strange,
    But I thought that I would choose thee
    For encomium, as a change.''
    Charles Stuart Calverley (1831-1884), British poet. Lines on Hearing the Organ (l. 97-100). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, The. Kings...
  • ''Go mad, and beat their wives;
    Plunge (after shocking lives)
    Razors and carving knives
    Into their gizzards.''
    Charles Stuart Calverley (1831-1884), British poet. "Ode to Tobacco." This is possibly a reference to a letter in the medical journal Lancet, Feb....
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