The Poems of Sidney A. Alexander

Tuesday 1 January 2013

We are pleased to announce the online publication of The Poems of Sidney A. Alexander edited from a manuscript notebook by Terry L. Meyers, Chancellor Professor of English at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, in Virginia USA.  Professor Meyers said: 'I’m delighted to rescue from virtual oblivion a Victorian poet who, before he abandoned the muses for Christ, exhibited a nascent poetic talent'. 

            Sidney Alexander (1866-1948) ultimately earned gratitude for his accomplishments as a canon at St. Paul's in saving the cathedral from destruction.  But as a young man he dreamed of glory as a poet.  Alexander had distinguished himself at St. Paul's School and at Trinity College, Oxford--and won the 1887 Newdigate Prize. Alexander’s fair copies of his poems, published and unpublished, came to light several years ago; this edition presents those with full scholarly apparatus.  The poems will appeal especially to readers drawn to Victorian religious verse, but they also show a young poet in the 1880’s developing a lyrical and narrative voice that reflects the times.