Dora Greenwell

Dora Greenwell
Born 6 December 1821(1821-12-06)
Lanchester, County Durham, England
Died 29 March 1882(1882-03-29) (aged 60)
Clifton, Bristol
Nationality English
Occupation Poet

Dora Greenwell, born Dorothy Greenwell (1821–1882) was an English poet.

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Life

Dorothy Greenwell was born 6 December 1821 at the family estate called Greenwell Ford in Lanchester, County Durham, England. Her father was William Thomas Greenwell (1777–1856) and mother was Dorothy Smales (1789–1871).[1] Her oldest brother was William Greenwell (1820–1918), an archaeologist. She had three younger brothers: Francis Greenwell (1823–1894), Alan Greenwell (1824–1914) and Henry Nicholas Greenwell (1826–1891) . She was known as Dora to avoid confusion with her mother.

She published her first volume of poems in 1848 through William Pickering, after her family had to leave their home. She moved to Durham with her brother William who would later become Canon of Durham Cathedral. After a short time working with her brother Alan who was Rector of Golborne, she moved back to Durham and lived with her mother.[2]

Her major success came in the 1860s. Many works have Christian religious themes. She is often compared to Christina Rossetti, and dedicated a book to Elizabeth Barrett Browning. In addition to poetry, she wrote essays on women's education and suffrage, and attacked the slave trade.[3] Some of her verses were set to music as hymns, such as "I Am Not Skilled to Understand" by William J. Kirkpatrick.[4] A contemporary version was composed by Aaron Shust.[5] She also wrote biographies of French priest Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire and American Quaker John Woolman. After her mother's death in 1871, she visited friends for a few years, and then moved to London in 1874. After an accident in 1881 she lived with her brother Alan Greenwell in Clifton, Bristol. She died 29 March 1882 and was buried in Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol.[1]

Works

Her book frontispiece: "Et teneo et teneor" in Latin means "I hold; am held"

Family tree

 
 
 
 
William Thomas Greenwell
(1777–1856)
 
Dorothy Smales
(1789–1871)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
William Greenwell
(1820–1918)
 
Dora Greenwell
(1821–1882)
 
Francis Greenwell
(1823–1894)
Alan Greenwell
(1824–1914)
 
Henry Nicholas Greenwell
(1826–1891)
 
Elizabeth Caroline Hall
(1841–1934)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
William Henry Greenwell
(1869–1927)
 
Maud Annandale Johnstone
(1883–1976)
 
Arthur Leonard Greenwell
(1871–1951)
 
Francis Radcliffe (Frank) Greenwell
(1876–1966)
 
Seven others
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Norman Leonard Greenwell
(1926-1992)
 
Jean Greenwell
(1929–2009)
 
Amy B. H. Greenwell
(1920-1974)
 
Robert Francis Greenwell
(1911–1992)
 
"Rally" Greenwell
(1913–2006)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thomas Frederick Greenwell
(born 1958)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robert Kelly Greenwell
(born 1941)

References

  1. ^ a b William Dorling (1885). Memoirs of Dora Greenwell. J. Clarke. p. 1. http://books.google.com/books?id=V355KGC-yucC&pg=PA1. 
  2. ^ W. Robertson Nicoll (1886). "Dora Greenwell". Good words (Alexander Strahan and Co.) 27: pp. 106–109. http://books.google.com/books?id=d4JMAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA106. 
  3. ^ Valentine Cunningham (2000). "Dora (Dorothy) Greenwell (1821–82)". The Victorians: an anthology of poetry & poetics. Wiley-Blackwel l. pp. 518–521. ISBN 9780631199168. http://books.google.com/books?id=FeGAM_aa7ckC&pg=PA518. 
  4. ^ Paul Beckwith; Mark Hunt (June 1976). Hymns II. InterVarsity Press. p. 100. ISBN 9780877847830. http://books.google.com/books?id=qNPnMz9lgGoC&pg=PA100. 
  5. ^ Aaron Shust (January 21, 2008). "Aaron Shust - My Savior, My God". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jazyUn4LMgA. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 

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