by George J. Dance


Annie Charlotte Dalton (1865-1938). Courtesy Canadian Poetry.

Annie Charlotte Dalton, OBE (December 9, 1865 - 1938), was an English-born Canadian poet.[1]


Dalton was born Annie Charlotte Armitage in Birkby, Huddersfield, England.[2]

She was brought up by her grandparents,[3] and educated at private schools. As a result of a childhood illness,[2] she became deaf by the age of 7.[1]

In 1891 she married Willie Dalton, and had a daughter, Edith Evelyn. In 1903 the family emigrated to Canada, settling in Vancouver.[3]

Annie Dalton began publishing poetry in 1910, and continued to produce collections until her death in 1938.[1]


Her writing was much praised in her time. Critic Lionel Stephenson wrote that she was "constitutionally incapable of triteness." In 1938, E.J. Pratt called her "one of the best writers of the country." However, as her biographer Wanda Campbell points out: "The fact that nothing has been written about her work since her death in 1938 reveals that new generations of readers disagree." Campbell offers a more balanced judgement: "Her work is uneven but she is nonetheless intriguing in her efforts to make science and anthropology acceptable themes in poetry, and in her efforts to voice the challenges faced by the deaf."[1]


Dalton was a member of the Order of the British Empire, the only woman poet to be included at that time.[1]




Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat..[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Wanda Campbell, Annie Charlotte Dalton, Hidden Rooms (Canadian Poetry Press, 2000), 238-239. Canadian Poetry, Web, Oct. 21, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jim Bowman & Sandy Ayer, Introduction, Annie Charlotte Dalton, 1865-1938: An inventory of her papers in the library of the University of British Columbia, Special Collections Division, 1983, ii. Web, Apr. 3, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 “And woven loops of silence circle you; Though none may know The secret of your devastating woe” – Deaf Poet Annie Charlotte Dalton O.B.E.] UCL Institute & Action on Hearing Loss Libraries, June 12, 2015. Web, Mar. 11, 2019.
  4. Search results = au:Annie Charlotte Dalton, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Mar. 11, 2019.

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