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Adela Florence Nicolson Cory

Poetry is perhaps the one creation that certified we humans have souls. A good poetry has the ability to draw out hidden emotions and flesh out realizations we initially thought we're incapable of realizing. It's a beatiful piece of art and a craft that unfortunately is starting to fade no small thanks to the proliferation of Internet, free poker and the rest of the online culture. To the few who still read, write and immerse themselves to the serenity of poetry, Adela Florence Nicolson Cory is a household name. Few wove words the way she did and because of this, she and her works will forever be etched in our hearts. Adela Florence Nicolson (9 April 1865-4 October 1904) was an English poet who wrote under the pseudonym Laurence Hope. She was born on 9 April 1865 at Stoke Bishop, Gloucestershire, the second of three daughters to Colonel Arthur Cory and Fanny Elizabeth Griffin. Her father was employed in the British army at Lahore, and thus she was raised by her relatives back in England. She left for India in 1881 to join her father. Her father was editor of the Lahore arm of The Civil and Military Gazette, and it was he who in all probability gave Rudyard Kipling (a contemporary of his daughter) his first employment as a journalist. Her sisters Annie Sophie Cory and Isabel Cory also pursued writing careers: Annie wrote popular, racy novels under the pseudonym "Victoria Cross," while Isabel assisted and then succeeded their father as editor of the Sind Gazette. Adela married Colonel Malcolm Hassels Nicolson, who was then twice her age and commandant of the 3rd Baluchi Regiment in April 1889. A talented linguist, he introduced her to his love of India and native customs and food, which she began to share. This widely gave the couple a reputation for being eccentric. After he died in a prostate operation, Adela, who had been prone to depression since childhood, committed suicide by poisoning herself and died at the age of 39 on 4 October 1904 in Madras. Her son Malcolm published her Selected Poems posthumously in 1922. In 1901, she published Garden of Kama, which was published a year later in America under the title India's Love Lyrics. She attempted to pass these off as translations of various poets, but this claim soon fell under suspicion. Somerset Maugham published a story called The Colonel's Lady loosely based on the ensuing scandal. Her poems often used imagery and symbols from the poets of the North-West Frontier of India and the Sufi poets of Persia. She was among the most popular romantic poets of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Her poems are typically about unrequited love and loss and often, the death that followed such an unhappy state of affairs. Many of them have an air of autobiography or confession. Her poetry was extremely popular during the Edwardian period, being hailed by such men as Thomas Hardy, and having two films as well as some musical adaptions of her poetry made, but since then her reputation has faded into near-obscurity. British composer Amy Woodforde-Finden set four of her lyrics from The Garden of Kama to music, the most popular of which was Kashmiri Song; and after these proved a critical success, set four more lyrics from Stars of the Desert (published in 1903) to music as well.

song of the hindustanee minstrel

With surmah tinge the black eye's fringe,
'Twill sparkle like a star;
Wi... [read poem]
a walk by moonlight
Last night -- it was a lovely night,
And I was very blest --
Shall it not be for Memor... [read poem]
"less than the dust"
Less than the dust, beneath thy Chariot wheel,
Less than the rust, that never stained thy Sword... [read poem]
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