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Richard Hovey

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Nationality  United States
Role  Poet
Name  Richard Hovey

Period  1880 - 1900
Education  Dartmouth College

Born  May 4, 1864 Normal, Illinois (1864-05-04)
Occupation  poet, playwright, translator
Died  February 24, 1900, New York City, New York, United States
Books  The marriage of Guenevere, Along the trail, The Quest of Merlin, Dartmouth Lyrics - by Richard, The birth of Galahad

Notable works  Songs from Vagabondia

"The Sea Gypsy," by Richard Hovey

Richard Hovey (May 4, 1864 – February 24, 1900) was an American poet. Graduating from Dartmouth College in 1885, he is known in part for penning the school Alma Mater, Men of Dartmouth.



Hovey was born in Normal, Illinois, the son of Major General Charles Edward Hovey and Harriet Spofford Hovey. He grew up in North Amherst, Massachusetts, and in Washington, D.C., before attending Dartmouth. His first volume of poems was privately published in 1880.

He collaborated with Canadian poet Bliss Carman on three volumes of "tramp" verse: Songs from Vagabondia (1894), More Songs from Vagabondia (1896), and Last Songs from Vagabondia (1900), the last being published after Hovey's death. Hovey and Carman were members of the "Visionists" social circle along with F. Holland Day and Herbert Copeland, who published the "Vagabondia" series.

Some twenty-nine poets have attempted to write sequels for Byron’s Don Juan. Hovey was one of them. Samuel Chew praised Hovey’s “Canto XVII” in his book To the End of the Trail. “This is one of the most convincing reproductions of the spirit and movement of Byron’s verse that I have ever come across. It is supposed to be written by Byron in Hades. The poet refuses to take up the poem at the point at which Death had cut him short.—

In the sequel we hear nothing of Juan; the satire is expended upon current affairs. Byron is full of curiosity as to events on earth:

He died after undergoing minor abdominal surgery in 1900.

Selected poems

  • Sea Gypsy by Richard Hovey
  • When We Are Dead by Richard Hovey
  • John Keats
  • To a Friend
  • Philosophy
  • The Old Pine
  • In Memoriam
  • Squab Flights
  • Kronos
  • College Days
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • The South
  • References

    Richard Hovey Wikipedia