Davies, William Henry

Davies, William Henry dā´vĭs [key], 1871–1940, British poet, b. Wales. Leaving school at a young age, Davies lived for a number of years as a peddler and a beggar in the United States and England. His first attempt at poetry, The Soul's Destroyer (1905), printed at his own expense, won the favorable attention of G. B. Shaw . Thereafter Davies's success was assured. The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp (1908) describes his vagabond life. Davies was a prolific poet; his favorite themes were nature and the hardships of the poor.

See his poems (ed. by O. Sitwell, 1942).

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