Francis (Joseph) Thompson (1859-1907) was an English poet and ascetic. He studied medicine at Owens College in Manchester but took no real interest in his studies and never practised as a doctor, moving instead to London to try and become a writer. Francis (Joseph) Thompson (1859-1907) was an English poet and ascetic. Here he was reduced to selling matches and newspapers for a living.
Francis (Joseph) Thompson (1859-1907) was an English poet and ascetic. During this time, he became addicted to opium, which he first had taken as a remedy for ill health. He came to London in 1885 and lived a life of destitution until in 1888 he was 'discovered' after he sent poetry to the magazine Merrie England. Recognizing the value of his work, the couple gave him a home and arranged for publication of his first book, Poems in 1893. His most famous poem, The Hound of Heaven (1907) describes the pursuit of the human soul by God. In addition, Thompson wrote the most famous cricket poem, the nostalgic At Lord's.
Francis Thompson (16 December 1859 - 13 November 1907) was an English poet and ascetic. After attending college, he moved to London to become a writer, but in menial work, became addicted to opium, and was a street vagrant for years. A married couple read his poetry and rescued him, publishing his first book, Poems in 1893. Francis Thompson lived as an unbalanced invalid in Wales and at Storrington, but wrote three books of poetry, with other works and essays, before dying of tuberculosis in 1907. Quotes more � � less. He also wrote Sister Songs (1895), New Poems (1897), and a posthumously published essay, "Shelley" (1909). He wrote a treatise On Health and Holiness, dealing with the ascetic life, which was published in 1905. G. K. Chesterton said shortly after his death that "with Francis Thompson we lost the greatest poetic energy since Browning.
FRANCIS THOMPSON, 1895. SISTER SONGS-An Offering to Two Sisters.
from: N/A. Sister Songs: An Offering to Two Sisters. Publisher: Dodo Press.
Francis Thompson is a published author. Published Works by Francis Thompson.
This poem, though new in the sense of being now for the first time printed, was written some four years ago, about the same date as the Hound of Heaven in my former volume.
More books by Francis Thompson.
Sister Songs An Offering to Two Sisters. SISTER SONGS An Offering to Two Sisters.