Who is William Allingham

William Allingham (19 March 1824 – 18 November 1889) was an Irish poet, diarist and editor. He wrote several volumes of lyric verse, and his poem "The Faeries" was much anthologised. But he is better known for his posthumously published Diary, in which he records his lively encounters with Tennyson, Carlyle and other writers and artists. His wife, Helen Allingham, was a well-known watercolourist and illustrator.


William Allingham was born on 19 March 1824 in Ballyshannon, a small town in the south of County Donegal in Ulster in the north of Ireland, which is now in the Republic of Ireland. He was the son of the manager of a local bank who was of English descent. His younger brothers and sisters were Catherine (born 1826), John (born 1827), Jane (born 18...
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William Allingham Poems

  • Song. O Spirit Of The Summer-time!
    O spirit of the Summer-time!
    Bring back the roses to the dells;
    The swallow from her distant clime,
    The honey-bee from drowsy cells. ...
  • A Memory
    Four ducks on a pond,
    A grass-bank beyond,
    A blue sky of spring,
    White clouds on the wing; ...
  • A Day-dream's Reflection
    Chequer'd with woven shadows as I lay
    Among the grass, blinking the watery gleam,
    I saw an Echo-Spirit in his bay
    Most idly floating in the noontide beam. ...
  • Daffodil
    Gold tassel upon March's bugle-horn,
    Whose blithe reveille blows from hill to hill
    And every valley rings--O Daffodil!
    What promise for the season newly born? ...
  • The Touchstone
    A man there came, whence none could tell,
    Bearing a Touchstone in his hand;
    And tested all things in the land
    By its unerring spell. ...
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Night 17 Sun 16 Summer 15 White 15 Song 15 Away 15 Green 14 Heart 14 Never 12 Sweet 12

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Engkevbarbs: if any foes of mine are there, i pardon every one i hope that man and womankind will do the same by me. william allingham
Bufocalvin: happy bookish birthdays, 19 march, to: william allingham (the fairies), david saperstein (cocoon), irving wallace (the word), tobias george smollet (the adventures of roderick random)...
Teomoreno: “round the world and home again, that's the sailor's way!” ― william allingham
Nathanfrancis__: o pale green sea, with long, pale, purple clouds above - what lies in me like weight of love ? poems:
Baltimoreparade: 19 mar 1824, ballyshannon, co. donegal: william allingham born. the author was best known for the poem the faeries, and his posthumously published diary.
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