Born in 1844, died in 1889. He was educated at Oxford
, entered the Catholic
Church in 1866, began his novitiate
with the Jesuits
in 1868, and was ordained
in 1877. Upon entering the Jesuit
order, he burned most of his existing poetry.
In 1875, a German ship, the Deutschland, sank, carrying five Franciscan nuns with it. This inspired him to write The Wreck of the Deutschland, and he continued writing poetry until his death.