Life and Love single work   poetry   "All fools string rhymes - why further swell the stream?"
Issue Details: First known date: 1858 1858
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  • Epigraph: 'Something oddly/The book-man prated, yet he talk'd it weeping.' Ford (The Broken Heart)
  • Note that this poem initially appeared in the Month in 1858 with the author's name not indicated, and with the place and date of composition given as 'London, December 1st, 1857'. Moore later revealed in his letter to the Empire ('Life and Love'), that the place of composition as indicated in the Month had been a fabrication.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Month vol. 2 March 1858 Z1762231 1858 periodical issue 1858 pg. 126-131
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Poetry Library APRIL; APL; The Australian Poetry Resources Internet Library John Tranter , Sydney : 2004- Z1368099 2004- website

    'The Australian Poetry Library (APL) aims to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of Australian poetry by providing access to a wide range of poetic texts as well as to critical and contextual material relating to them, including interviews, photographs and audio/visual recordings.

    This website currently contains over 42,000 poems, representing the work of more than 170 Australian poets. All the poems are fully searchable, and may be accessed and read freely on the World Wide Web. Readers wishing to download and print poems may do so for a small fee, part of which is returned to the poets via CAL, the Copyright Agency Limited. Teachers, students and readers of Australian poetry can also create personalised anthologies, which can be purchased and downloaded. Print on demand versions will be availabe from Sydney University Press in the near future.

    It is hoped that the APL will encourage teachers to use more Australian material in their English classes, as well as making Australian poetry much more available to readers in remote and regional areas and overseas. It will also help Australian poets, not only by developing new audiences for their work but by allowing them to receive payment for material still in copyright, thus solving the major problem associated with making this material accessible on the Internet.

    The Australian Poetry Library is a joint initiative of the University of Sydney and the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL). Begun in 2004 with a prototype site developed by leading Australian poet John Tranter, the project has been funded by a major Linkage Grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC), CAL and the University of Sydney Library. A team of researchers from the University of Sydney, led by Professor Elizabeth Webby and John Tranter, in association with CAL, have developed the Australian Poetry Library as a permanent and wide-ranging Internet archive of Australian poetry resources.' Source: (Sighted 30/05/2011).

    Sydney : 2004-
    Note: With first line: I've drifted darkly down a lethal stream;

Works about this Work

'Life and Love' J. Sheridan Moore , 1861 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Empire , 8 February 1861; (p. 8)
'Life and Love' J. Sheridan Moore , 1861 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Empire , 8 February 1861; (p. 8)
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