by George J. Dance


George Herbert Clarke (1873-1953). Portrait by Elizabeth Harrison (1907-2001), 1937. Courtesy Trent University.

George Herbert Clarke (August 17, 1873 - 1953) was a Canadian poet and academic.


Clarke was born at Gravesend, Kent, England. He moved with his family to Toronto at the age of 8.[1]

He attended McMaster University, where he earned a B.A. in 1891 and an M.A. in 1896.[1]

He served as a Professor at Mercier University, Georgia, (1901-1905), Peabody College, Tennessee (1908-11), and the University of Tennessee and University of the South until 1925. From 1925 he was head of the English Department at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, and a member of the editorial committee of Queen's Quarterley. He became editor-in-chief of Queen's Quarterly in 1944, and held that position until his death.[1]


In 1937 Clarke's poem "Hymn to the Spirit Eternal" was awarded a gold medal by the Governor-General for best poem appearing in the Canadian Authors Association literary magazine, Canadian Poetry, during 1936.[2]

Clarke received an LL.D. from McMaster in 1923, an LL.D. from Queen's in 1943, and a D.C.L. from Bishop's University in 1944. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1930, and was awarded the Society's Lorne Pierce Medal in 1943.[1]



  • Wayfarings. Chicago: Windsor & Kenfield, 1901.
  • At the Shrine, and other poems. Cincinnati, OH: Stewart & Kidd, 1914.
  • The Hasting Day. Toronto: Dent, 1930.
  • Halt and Parley, and other poems. Toronto: Macmillan, 1934.
  • Ode on the Burial of King George the Vth. Toronto: Macmillan, 1936.
  • Hymn to the Spirit Eternal. Toronto: Macmillan, 1937.
  • Commemoration Ode, 1841-1941. Kingston, ON: 1941.
  • Selected Poems (edited by George Whalley). Toronto: Ryerson, 1954.

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Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Biographical history, Fonds F00177 - George Herbert Clarke fonds, Queen's University. Web, Apr. 19, 2015.
  2. Lyn Harrington, Syllables of Recorded Time: The story of the Canadian Authors Association, Dundurn, 1981, 264. Google Books, Web, Apr. 19, 2015.
  3. Search results = au:George Herbert Clarke, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 19, 2015.

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