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W Watson


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William Watson : Wordsworth's Grave and Other Poems

'[William Watson] sent a copy [of "Wordsworth's Grave and Other Poems"] to [Thomas] Hardy, who replied appreciatively that he had already read it while staying with Edward Clodd ...'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Thomas Hardy      Print: Book


William Watson : Poems

On process of choosing a Poet Laureate from 1892: 'When Gladstone had read [William] Watson's Poems (1892), sent to him by R. H. Hutton, it was with a view to obtaining for him a Civil List pension, not the laureateship.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: William Ewart Gladstone      Print: Book


William Watson : Ode on the Day of the Coronation of King Edward VII

`My dear Watson: Who would have supposed that I should write to thank you for your considerateness in sending the Ode, in such circumstances as the present. If the Coronation should never come off, future generations will add a footnote to the verses - then no longer copywright! - to remind readers of their remarkable history; which though it will not increase the value of what is intrinsially so fine, will lend a curious secondary intersst to them. However, as the Coronation will probably happen after all, it is useless to speculate in this way. I will not attempt to criticise. All I can say is that the Ode struck me on a first reading & still impresses me, as being a piece of your very highest work; & to reach the level of your former productions is no mean achievement. Ideas & execution are singularly sustained throughout. I cannot find any place where they dip or falter: & my regret at coming to the last page was that there was no more of the poem. Believe me Sincerely yours Thomas Hardy`

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Thomas Hardy      Print: Unknown, Probably a pamphlet or book


William Watson : 'Wordsworth's Grave'

'One of the last letters my father wrote during this year [1891] was to the young poet William Watson, whose "Wordsworth's Grave" pleased him.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Alfred Tennyson      


William Watson : 

'The Secretary read a paper on the poetry of William Watson and with Miss Pollard gave illustrative readings'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Alfred Rawlings      Print: Book


William Watson : 

'The Secretary read a paper on the poetry of William Watson and with Miss Pollard gave illustrative readings'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Bertha M. Pollard      Print: Book


W. Watson : 'Lakeland'

'The Club then listened to a variety of readings from modern poets as follows: A Rawlings Extracts from "The Art of Poetry" T.C. Eliott from Chesterton's "Lepanto" Mrs Evans some verses by Colin D. B. Ellis R. H. Robson from J. C. Squires "Birds" D. Brain from Noyes' "Torch Bearers" C. I. Evans from Thos Hardy G. Burrow poems by his brother F. E. Pollard from Siegfried Sassoon Mrs Pollard from W. Watson's "Lakeland" C. E. Stansfield from Rupert Brooke A. Rawlings from E. V. Lucas & Lang Jones'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Pollard      Print: Book


William Watson : [unidentified poetry]

Meeting held at School House, L.P. :- 28. v. 37.

C. E. Stanfield in the Chair.

1. Minutes of last read & approved


4. Charles Stansfield then read a biographical sketch of Shelley, followed by an estimate of Shelley’s views and character.

5. Readings were then given by the following
Hymn to Intellectual Beauty by Mary Pollard
Prometheus Unbound by Reginald Robson
Ode to the West Wind by Elizabeth Alexander
Adonaïs by Victor Alexander.

These were all discussed; and a further short reading, from William Watson’s poetry, was given by Alfred Rawlings.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Alfred Rawlings      


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