Sharp, William (M)

b. 12 September 1855. d. 12 December 1905. Nationality: Scottish. VIAF.
Poet, novelist, and critic. Important figure in the Celtic Twilight movement. Pseudonym: “Fiona MacLeod.” Born in Paisley. Father was a textile manufacturer. Educated at the University of Glasgow (where he was taught by John Nichol and left without taking a degree). Travelled to Australia in 1876 to 1877. Moved to London on his return in 1878, establishing himself within Pre-Raphaelite circles. Married his cousin, the poet and editor Elizabeth Sharp, in 1884. Took an extended trip to Europe in 1890 to 1891 where, in Italy, he developed the idea for the pseudonymous poet “Fiona MacLeod,” which he tried to keep secret. Art critic for the *Glasgow Herald* and *Art Journal*, and editor of the *Canterbury Poets* series. Edited and authored all the contributions to *The Pagan Review* (1892). Part of Patrick Geddes’ Edinburgh-based *Evergreen*circle in the 1890s. Poetry volumes include *The Human Inheritance* (1882), *Romantic Ballads and Poems of Phantasy* (1888), *Sospira di Roma* (1891). Edited, with his wife, *Lyra Celtica* (1896). Biographical information: *ODNB*. (AC)

Poems associated with this person

Total poems: 8
Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
A Nocturne of Chopin’s 1878 Good Words Poet 2742
After Dusk 1879 Good Words Poet 2783
Night 1879 Good Words Poet 2774
“Am Meer.” (Schubert) 1880 Good Words Translator 3588
A Ballad of Tennis 1885 Good Words Poet 4373
May in Surrey 1886 Good Words Poet 5298
The Yellowhammer 1887 Good Words Poet 5442
Into the Silence. A Death in the West Highlands 1893 Good Words Poet 5035