Kenyon, John

Kenyon, John
   He was born in Trelawney, Jamaica, where his father owned extensive sugar plantations. Both parents died while he was at school in Bristol. After that his education was desultory - Charterhouse, and Peterhouse, Cambridge, from 1802-1808, though he did not graduate. He married and settled at Woodlands, between Alfoxden and Nether Stowey in Somerset, where he met Coleridge (see entry) and other poets. He was generous in his giving of his considerable wealth to charitable causes, particularly in supporting Coleridge's family. Robert Browning (see entry) dedicated Dramatic Romances and Lyrics (1845) to Kenyon, and Elizabeth Browning dedicated Aurora Leigh (1864) to him in grateful remembrance of their friendship. Kenyon married twice and inherited fortunes from both wives, although he gave most of it away. He died at Cowes, Isle of Wight, and was buried in in Lewisham (London) churchyard. Some of his publications: A Day at Tivoli: With Other Verses, 1849. Poems: For the Most Part Occasional, 1838. Rhymed plea for tolerance. In Two Dialogues. With a Prefatory Dialogue, 1839. Some of his poems: "Champagne Rosée," "Childhood," "Destiny," "Freedom," "Gipsy Carol," "On a Florentine Picture by Albertinelli."
   Sources: Carmina Mariana: An English Antholog y in Verse in Honour of or in Relation to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Orby Shipley, ed. Burns and Oates, 1894. Dictionary of National Biography. Electronic Edition 1.1. Oxford University Press, 1997. English Poetry, Second Edition Bibliography ( English Poetry: Author Search. ChadwyckHealey Ltd., 1995 ( The National Portrait Gallery ( The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 ( The Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. New edition, revised and enlarged, Oxford University Press, 1939.

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