William Cosmo Monkhouse(1840-1901), Poet and critic
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Monkhouse left school at sixteen to become a clerk in the Board of Trade, rising to Assistant Secretary to the Finance Department. In 1865, he published his first volume of poetry, A Dream of Idleness, and other Poems. It was not a huge success and for some years he abandoned poetry for art criticism. Besides many contributions to The Academy, the Magazine of Art and the Saturday Review, he published volumes The Italian Pre-Raphaelites (1887), The Earlier English Watercolour Painters (1890) and In the National Gallery (1895). Corn and Poppies marked his return to poetry in 1890, containing his best pieces, perhaps the most famous of which is 'Dead March'.
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