Poets of the Wight is a rather strange selection. As you'd expect, there are the obvious major poets with a well-known Isle of Wight connection - Tennyson, Swinburne and Keats - and alongside these it includes lesser-known poets of objective reputation and interest, including Mary F Johnson, John Sterling, the light verse writer William Woty, Edmund Peel, Lionel Tennyson, Philip Stanhope Worsley, the novelist Ena Fitzgerald, Mrs Disney Leith, Alice Meynell, Ellen Mary Sewell and Elizabeth Missing Sewell, Hallam Tennyson, and Mary Gleed Tuttiett ("Maxwell Gray", better known for her novels than her poetry).
But the book is padded out with a nepotistic line-up, including a large section by Arnell himself, of verse from the then-elderly Arnell's friends, family, and associated Isle of Wight worthies: his sister Caroline Annie Arnell, his son Hubert Frederick Barstow Carstairs Arnell, Thomas Lee (editor of the Isle of Wight County Press, which published the book), Mrs Jemima Luke, Sir Frederick Black, K.C.B., Robey Frank Eldridge (a Newport solicitor and small-town politician), Miss Innell Jolliffe (proprietor of the Isle of Wight Advertiser), Leonard Jordan, Mary Maude, Percy G Scott-Jackson, and Percy Goddard Stone, It seems, in part, a vanity effort.
See Poets of the Wight. An anthology of Vectensian poets, namely of poets native to or otherwise identified with the Isle of Wight, with selections from their works and prefatory introductions and portraits (Charles John Arnell, Newport Isle of Wight, County Press, 1922, Internet Archive ID poetsofwightanth00arne).
|Percy Goddard Stone|
|Percy G Scott-Jackson|
|Mrs Disney Leith|
|Portrait of Philip Stanhope Worsley|
ripped off from Julia Margaret Cameron.
Here's why it looks weird.
|Robey Frank Eldridge|
|Sir Frederick Black, K.C.B.|
|Charles John Arnell|
|Canon Laurence Tuttiett - uncle of "Maxwell Gray"|
|Alfred, Lord Tennyson|
uncredited ripoff of George J Stodart engraving
|Albert Midlane - Newport ironmonger and hymn writer|
|Mrs Jemima Luke|
|Hubert Arnell, the author's son who died|
of "heat-apoplexy" in Buenos Aires
|Caroline Annie Arnell - the author's sister|