- 1882 in poetry
* F. J. Child's edition of English and Scottish Popular Ballads, in 5 volumes (1882-98), including multiple versions of 305 ballads
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "In the Harbor"
George Robert Sims, "The Dagonet Ballads"
Great scientist this year a published poet
James Clerk Maxwell(1831-1879), whose contributions to science were profound (including formulation of Maxwell's equationswhich for the first time expressed the basic laws of electricity and magnetism in a unified fashion, and other discoveries that helped usher in modern physics), this year became a published poet when a collection of his poems was published by his friend Lewis Campbell, two years after Maxwell's death.
As a great lover of British poetry, Maxwell memorized poems and wrote his own. The best known is "Rigid Body Sings" closely based on "
Comin' Through the Rye" by Robert Burns, which he apparently used to sing while accompanying himself on a guitar. It has the immortal opening lines [http://www.haverford.edu/physics-astro/songs/rigid.htm] :
:"Gin a body meet a body":"Flyin' through the air.":"Gin a body hit a body,":"Will it fly? And where?"
(Maxwell is also known for creating the first true-colour photograph in
January 18— A. A. Milne(died 1956), British author, playwright and writer of children's poetry best known for his books about the teddy bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, and for various children's poems
February 2— James Joyce(died 1941), Irish writer and poet, widely considered to be one of the most influential writers of the Twentieth century
February 4— E.J. Pratt(died 1964), Canadian poet
February 9— James Stephens (Ireland) (died 1950), Irish novelist and poet said he was born on this date, although some think it may have been two years earlier (1880)
June 1— John Drinkwater (died 1937) English poet and dramatist
December 27— Mina Loy(died 1966) English artist, poet, Futurist, actor, Christian Scientist, designer of lamps and bohemian
* date not known:
Martin Armstrong, English writer and poet
Anne Spencer, American Black poet and active participant in the New Negro Movement
April 10— Dante Gabriel Rossetti63, English poet, illustrator, painter and translator
April 27— Ralph Waldo Emerson, 78, American author, poet, and philosopher
March 24— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 75, American poet
June 3— James Thomson, 48, British poet whose fame rests primarily upon the reputation of his long poem of 1874, "The City of Dreadful Night"
* date not known —
William Brighty Rands
List of years in poetry
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