Harpur, Charles

Harpur, Charles

▪ Australian poet
born Jan. 23, 1813, Windsor, N.S.W., Australia
died June 10, 1868, Windsor

      early Australian poet, best known for poems on Australian themes that use traditional English poetic forms.

      Harpur went to Sydney to work as a postal clerk. In 1842 he went to live with his brother on a farm and published his first volume of verse, Thoughts; A Series of Sonnets (1845). By 1850 he was a schoolteacher, and in 1853, his second book, The Bush-Rangers: A Play in Five Acts, and Other Poems, appeared. Though the play is considered a failure, the poems are ranked among his best. In 1858 he was appointed gold commissioner at Araluen, a post he held for seven years. A collection of his work, Poems by Charles Harpur, was published by his widow in 1883.

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