William Allan

General Description

Date: 1884 July
Rhyme: a4b3a4 b3 c4c4c4 b3
Meter: iambic
Genre: lyric

Scholarly Commentary


These lines were written by Sir William Allan (1837-1903), the Scots radical politician and engineer perhaps most celebrated for his Theory of Arches 1875 . He turned his hand to poetry in his later years, publishing a number of volumes beginning in 1890. He didn't publish this "Nocturne", however, but apparently sent the manuscript to WMR after DGR's death.

Printing History

The manuscript poem has never been printed.

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