Ernest James Myers (13 October 1844 - 25 November 1921) was an English poet and classicist.
Life[edit | edit source]
Youth and education[edit | edit source]
Myers was born at Keswick, the 2nd son of Susan Harriett (Marshall) and Rev. Frederic Myers (author of Catholic Thoughts). His elder brother was Frederic W.H. Myers, the poet, literary critic, and psychical researcher.
Ernest Myers was educated at Cheltenham and Balliol College, Oxford (where he won the Gaisford Prize for Greek Verse in 1865). He became a fellow of Wadham College in 1868, teaching there for 3 years.
Career[edit | edit source]
In 1871, Myers moved to London, joining the Inner Temple and being called to the bar in 1874. However, he never practised as a barrister. Instead, he made his living as a translator and editor and also joined the committees of organisations such as the University Extension Society, the Charity Organisation Society, the Society for the Protection of Women & Children, and the Hellenic Society (of which he was a founding member).
Myers published poetry in The Puritans (1869) and translated the Odes of Pindar (1874), followed in 1877 by a volume entitled Poems.
A further, larger volume of his own poetry followed in 1880, The Defence of Rome, and other poems. He contributed an article on Aeschylus to a collection of Classical essays edited by Evelyn Abbott.
Further volumes of poetry followed in the coming years: The Judgement of Prometheus (1886); and Gathered Poems (1904). He also wrote Lord Althorp: a biography (1890).
Private life[edit | edit source]
In London, in 1883, Myers married Nora Margaret Lodge (1858–1952) (a sister of George Edward Lodge), and they had 5 children. The family moved from London to Chislehurst in 1891. Their elder son – who may have been the subject of Myers’ poem Infant Eyes – died as a soldier in France in 1918, the last year of World War I.
Myers maintained a love of physical exercise throughout his life, including swimming, riding, lawn tennis, walking, and golf. He died on 25 November 1921 at Etchingham, Sussex, aged 77.
Publications[edit | edit source]
Poetry[edit | edit source]
- A Greek Idyll: Recited in the Theatre, Oxford, June 21, 1865. Oxford, UK: T. & G. Shrimpton, 1865.
- Poems. London: Macmillan, 1877.
- The Defence of Rome, and other poems. London: Macmillan, 1880.
- The Judgement of Prometheus, and other poems. London: Macmillan, 1886.
- Gathered Poems. London & New York: Macmillan, 1904.
- Ernest Myers. London: Ernest Benn, 1931.
Plays[edit | edit source]
- The Puritans. London: Macmillan, 1869.
Non-fiction[edit | edit source]
- Lord Althorp. London: R. Bentley, 1890.
- Introduction to John Milton, Selected Prose Writings. New York: D. Appleton, 1884.
Translated[edit | edit source]
- Pindar, The Extant Odes of Pindar (translated with introduction by Ernest Myers). London: Macmillan, 1874.
- Homer, The Iliad of Homer: Done into English prose by Andrew Lang, Walter Leaf and Ernest Myers. London: Macmillan, 1883; New York: Modern Library, 1929.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Obituary in The Times, Monday 20 November 1921
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Search results = au:Ernest Myers, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Oct. 9, 2013.
[edit | edit source]
- Myers, Ernest (1844-1921) ("Infant Eyes") at Representative Poetry Online.
- Myers in A Victorian Anthology, 1837-1895: "Gordon," "Etsi Omnes, Ego Non," "The Seamaids' Music"
- Ernest Myers at PoemHunter (4 poems)
- Ernest Myers at Poetry Nook (6 poems)
- Ernest Myers at Amazon.com
- Ernest Myers profile at My Poetic Side
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