Austin, Alfred

Austin, Alfred
(1835-1913)
   Yorkshire poet laureate. He abandoned law for literature, though his first efforts at prose and poetry were not very successful. He was journalist and special correspondent abroad, and from 1883 to 1895, editor of the National Review, the first four years jointly with William John Courthope. He maintained that for a poem to be great it had to an epic or dramatic romance on a theme combining love, patriotism, and religion. Between 1871 and 1908 he published twenty volumes of verse; his poems are a mixture of good and bad. He seems never to have come out from under the shadow of Scott and Byron. Some of his poems: "Agatha," "At His Grave," "Is Life worth living?" "Love's Blindness," "The Haymakers' Song."
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