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John Todhunter
John Todhunter (December 30, 1839 - October 25, 1916) was an Irish poet and playwright who wrote seven volumes of poetry, and several plays. Todhunter was born in Dublin, the eldest son of Thomas Harvey Todhunter, a Quaker merchant of English origin. He and was educated at Quaker schools in York and Mountmellick. He attended Trinity College Medical School, where he studied medicine. While at Trinity, Todhunter won the Vice-Chancellor's prize for English Verse 1864, 1865 and 1866, and the Gold Medal of the Philosophical Society 1866 for an essay. He also clerked for William Stokes while studying. Todhunter received his Bachelor of Medicine in 1867, and his Doctorate of Medicine degree in 1871. In 1870 (one year prior to his DM) he became a Professor of English Literature at Alexandra College, Dublin. Four years later, Todhunter resigned from that position, and travelled to several places in Europe, including Egypt. He married Dora L. Digby in 1879. In 1881, he finally settled in London, where his home in Bedford Park, Chiswick was located in a small community of writers and artists, who included W.B. Yeats. He was involved in the founding of the Irish Literary Society there.

the black knight
 
 
A beaten and a baffled man,
My life drags lamely day by day,
Too young to die, too old... [read poem]
ireland, ireland
 
 
Down thy valleys, Ireland, Ireland,
Down thy valleys green and sad,
Still thy spirit wande... [read poem]
he fell among thieves
 
 
'Ye have robb'd,' said he, 'ye have slaughter'd and made an end,
Take your ill-got plunder, and... [read poem]
a ballad of john nicholson
 
 
It fell in the year of Mutiny,
At darkest of the night,

John Nicholson by Jalndh... [read poem]
vitaļ lampada
 
 
There's a breathless hush in the Close to-night --
Ten to make and the match to win --
A b... [read poem]
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