George Darley

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George Darley (1795–1846) was an Irish poet, novelist, and critic.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Dublin, and educated at Trinity College. Having decided to follow a literary career, in 1820 he went to London.[1]

Darley fell into depression, and died on 23 November 1846 in London.[1] Playwright Dion Boucicault was a nephew. His grandnephew was the Irish musician Arthur Warren Darley.

Works[edit]

Darley published his first poem, Errors of Ecstasie, in 1822. He also wrote for the London Magazine, under the pseudonym of John Lacy. In it appeared his best-known story, Lilian of the Vale. Various other books followed, including Sylvia, or The May Queen, a poem (1827).[1]

Thereafter Darley joined the Athenaeum, in which he became a severe critic. He was also a dramatist and studied old English plays, editing those of Beaumont and Fletcher in 1840. His poem "It is not beauty I desire" was included by F. T. Palgrave in the first edition of his Golden Treasury as an anonymous lyric of the 17th century.[1]

Darley wrote a number of songs such as "I've been Roaming", once popular, and praised by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.[2]

He was also a mathematician, and published some treatises on the subject.[1]

Other works included:

  • Nepenthe
  • Thomas a Beckett; ADramatic Chronical
  • Popular Algebra
  • Familiar Astronomy, Darley, G., Taylor & W. London, 1830.

Reputation[edit]

A. E. Housman said of a passage from his poem Nepenthe, "Admirers of the sea may call that a lampoon or a caricature, but they cannot deny that it is life-like: the man who wrote it had seen the sea, and the man who reads it sees the sea again".[3]

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