Jean Ingelow

Jean IngelowJean Ingelow was a famous English poet, short story writer and novelist. She is mainly remembered for her narrative poem “The High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire, 1571”.  She is also known for her book ‘Mopsa the Fairy (1869). This book was basically a unique haunting fantasy for children. When she was young she used to write with the pseudonym of Orris. She was the daughter of Willian Ingelow who was a banker. She became renowned in United States and England in the late nineteenth century. She mainly chose nature, Childhood and love as her favorite subjects in her poems. She was a shy child who was taught at her home by her mother mainly. Her first poetry collection 'A Rhyming Chronicle of Incidents and Feelings', was published anonymously after she shifted base to London in 1850 with her family. She is also known for her charitable work.
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Occupation: Poet and Novelist
Nationality: English
Born: March 17, 1820
Birth Place: Boston, Lincolnshire
Died: July 20, 1897
First Book: A Rhyming Chronicle of Incidents and Feelings
Pseudonym: Orris
Principal Works: A Rhyming Chronicle of Incidents and Feelings [anonymous] (poetry) 1850, Allerton and Dreux; or, the War of Opinion (novel) 1851, Tales of Orris (short stories) 1860, Poems (poetry) 1863, Stories Told to a Child (sketches and prose poetry) 1865 and many more

And bitter waxed the fray; Brother with brother spake no word When they met in the way.

Her face betokened all things dear and good, The light of somewhat yet to come was there Asleep, and waiting for the opening day, When childish thoughts, like flowers would drift away.

When sparrows build and the leaves break forth, My old sorrow wakes and cries.

How gently rock yon poplars high Against the reach of primrose sky With heaven's pale candles stored.

And old affront will stir the heart Through years of rankling pain.

I have lived to thank God that all my prayers have not been answered.

A healthful hunger for a great idea is the beauty and blessedness of life.


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