John Farrell Poems

 

John Farrell, an Argentinean-born Australian poet, journalist, gold digger and brewer, was born on the 18th December 1851 in Buenos Aires, to a chemist who had emigrated with his wife from Dublin four years earlier.  Within a year the family were on the move again, this time heading for Victoria where Mr Farrell tried his hand at prospecting for gold, and then ...

John Bernard O’Hara Poems

 

John Bernard O'Hara was a poet and distinguished schoolmaster in Australia. He was born on the 29th October 1862 in the Central Victorian town of Bendigo, the son of a minor Irish-born poet and teacher at a primary school.  He survived his school days unscathed despite severe financial troubles which led to the loss of the family home.  He was a very able young ...

John Barlas Poems

 

John Barlas was a poet and revolutionary socialist political activist who was often known in literary circles by the pseudonym Evelyn Douglas.  He had at least eight books of Swinburnean-influenced verse published and he was known to favour the Decadent Movement of arts and literature.  This was a Western Europe-wide concept that emphasised an “aesthetic ideology of excess and artificiality” Examples of work ...

John Barbour Poems

 

John Barbour was a 14th century Scottish poet, church minister and royal courtier who, it is believed, was the first to write in a Germanic version of the Middle English language known as Scots.  This variety was popular in the Lowlands of Scotland while Gaelic was spoken in the Highlands and Islands regions, and still is to some degree.  His most famous piece of ...

John Arbuthnot Poems

 

John Arbuthnot was an intellectually gifted man who was a satirist, physician and mathematician.  He is often described as a true polymath and was responsible for the invention, in 1712, of a character named John Bull who would go on to symbolise “middle England” in political and sociological posters, pamphlets and publications.  He was one of the founder members of a London literary ...