Who is William Barnes

William Barnes (22 February 1801 – 7 October 1886) was an English polymath, writer, poet, philologist, priest, mathematician, engraving artist and inventor. He wrote over 800 poems, some in Dorset dialect, and much other work, including a comprehensive English grammar quoting from more than 70 different languages. A linguistic purist, Barnes strongly advocated against borrowing foreign words into English, and instead supported the use and proliferation of "strong old Anglo-Saxon speech".

Life and work

Barnes was born in the parish of Bagber, Dorset, to John Barnes, a tenant-farmer in the Vale of Blackmore. The younger Barnes's formal education finished when he was 13 years old. Between 1818 and 1823 he worked in Dorchester, the county town, as a solicitor's clerk...
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William Barnes Poems

  • Evenen In The Village
    Now the light o' the west is a-turn'd to gloom,
    An' the men be at hwome vrom ground;
    An' the bells be a-zendén all down the Coombe
    From tower, their mwoansome sound. ...
  • Wife A-lost, The
    Since I noo mwore do zee your fe{"a}ce,
    Up ste{"a}rs or down below,
    I'll zit me in the lwonesome ple{"a}ce,
    Where flat-bough'd beech do grow; ...
  • The White Road Up Athirt The Hill
    WHEN high hot zuns da strik right down,
    An' burn our zweaty fiazen brown,
    An' zunny hangens that be nigh
    Be back'd by hills so blue's the sky; ...
  • The Peasant's Return
    And passing here through evening dew,
    He hastened happy to her door,
    But found the old folk only two
    With no more footsteps on the floor ...
  • Hay-carren
    'Tis merry ov a zummer's day,
    When vo'k be out a-haulèn hay,
    Where boughs, a-spread upon the ground,
    Do meäke the staddle big an' round; ...
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