William Ernest Henley
William Ernest Henley (August 23, 1849 - July 11, 1903) was a British poet, critic and editor.
Henley was born in Gloucester and educated at the Crypt Grammar School. The school was a poor relation of the Cathedral School, and Henley indicated its shortcomings in his article (Pall Mall Magazine, Nov. 1900) on T. E. Brown the poet, who was headmaster there for a brief period. Brown's appointment was a stroke of luck for Henley, for whom it represented a first acquaintance with a man of genius. "He was singularly kind to me at a moment when I needed kindness even more than I needed encouragement." Brown did him the essential service of lending him books. Henley was no classical ... more »
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- A Love By The Sea
- I am the Reaper
- A Child
- O Gather Me the Rose
- Between the Dusk of a Summer Night
- Madam Life's a Piece in Bloom
- The Rain and the Wind
- A Thanksgiving
- England, My England
- If I Were King
- Ballade of Dead Actors
- A Desolate Shore
- A Late Lark Twitters From The Quiet Skie...
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''What have I done for you,William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), British poet, critic, editor. England, My England (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. S...
England, my England?
What is there I would not do,
England, my own?''
For it's home, dearie, homeit's home I want to be.William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), British poet, critic, editor. Falmouth (l. 23-26). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (7th rev. e...
Our topsails are hoisted, and we'll away to sea.
O, the oak and the ash and the bonnie birken tree
They're all growing gre...
O, there's a wind a-blowing, a-blowing from the west,William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), British poet, critic, editor. Falmouth (l. 19-22). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (7th rev. e...
And that of all the winds is the one I like the best,
For it blows at our backs, and it shakes our pennon free,
And it soon w...
''Madam Life's a piece in bloomWilliam Ernest Henley (1849-1903), British poet, critic, editor. Madam Life's a Piece in Bloom (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Death, The. D. J. Enri...
Death goes dogging everywhere:
She's the tenant of the room,
He's the ruffian on the stair.''
''It's up the spout and Charley WagWilliam Ernest Henley (1849-1903), British poet, critic, editor. Villon's Straight Tip to All Cross Coves (l. 25-28). . . Faber Book of Comic Vers...
With wipes and tickers and what not
Until the squeezer nips your scrag,
Booze and the blowens cop the lot.''
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