Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814-1902) was an Irish poet, essayist, and critic who was highly regarded for his artistic work. Born in Curragh Chase, County Limerick, he belonged to an Anglo-Irish landowning family. De Vere embarked on his literary career with the publication of his first collection of poems, “The Waldenses” in 1842. Over the years, he authored many notable works of poetry and essays.
De Vere was profoundly influenced by his friendship with notable figures such as Alfred Tennyson and John Henry Newman, which led him to convert to Roman Catholicism in 1851. His poetry was known for its spiritual depth, exploring religious themes and delving into the worlds of myth and legend to evoke a sense of wonder and transcendence.
Some of his significant poetic works include “Legends of St. Patrick”(1872), “Legends of the Saxon Saints” (1879), and “May Carols and Hymns and Poems” (;884). He also contributed literary essays and criticism to various periodicals, engaging in contemporary debates on literature, education, religion, and politics.
Aubrey Thomas de Vere passed away on January 20, 1902. Today, he is remembered as an influential Irish literary figure whose work continues to captivate readers with its beauty and spiritual depth.
Morning Leader – Saturday 15 February 1902