Then and Now, or, Ye Chronicles of Ashlynne
- Quarmby, William

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Commentary

Quarmby’s Chronicles of Ashlynne (1868) recounts the history of modern day Ashton-under-Lyne, and contains two albumen reproductions of works of art (both unremarkable) and a number of poetic extracts. Quarmby, himself a poet, published two volumes with the same publisher – The Sea-shell and Other Poems (1867) and Zoluman: a Tragedy, and Other Poems (1870) – yet chooses here to quote from the works of others. One he refers to as ‘a popular national poet’ – this, amusingly, turns out to be Tennyson (Poet Laureaute, by this point, for some 18 years), and the poem ‘Welcome to Alexandra.’ Another extract appears to echo the poem ‘Horatius’ in Thomas Babington Macaulay’s Lays of Ancient Rome (1842), ‘How well they kept the bridge and gate,/ In the brave days of old’ (p.115) and Quarmby later includes an entire poem by Henry Thornton, ‘A Prayer.’

Book Details

Author: Quarmby, William
Title: Then and Now, or, Ye Chronicles of Ashlynne
Publication Year: 1868
Poets Featured: Quarmby, William
Subjects: Ashton-under-Lyne, England
Photographic process: Albumen prints

This book can be found in the University of St Andrews Library catalogue HERE

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