Welcome to The British Literary Ballads Archive, a site dedicated to a unique genre of literary imitations of traditional ballads. The site contains a growing archive of over 700 poems, as well as short biographical sketches of the poets who wrote them.

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Aubrey De Vere (1814-1902)



Irish poet, born in Co. Limerick, January 1814, as the son of Sir Aubrey de Vere (1788-46), himself a poet. He started his literary life as a devotee of Wordsworth and Coleridge, and built friendships with such literary celebrities as Tennyson, Browning, Carlyle, and Sir Henry Taylor. Following the death of his father and the devastating Irish famine, he started to deepen his religious sentiment, which led him to convert to Roman Catholicism. His hymn “A May Carol” is said to be composed at Pope Pius IX’s suggestion. He also showed great sympathy to Celtic legend and literature, and provided a pathway to the Celtic Revival in the later nineteenth century. His main publications are: The Sisters (1816), Irish Odes(1869), Legends of St Patrick (1872), St Peters Chains (1888), etc. (Y. Y.)

1.At the Tomb of King Arthur
2.A Ballad of Athlone
3.The Ballad of “Bonny Portmore”
4.A Ballad of Sarsfield
5.The Bier that Conquered; or, O'Donnell's Answer