(1834–78), English-born poet, began his career with the precocious collection Guesses at the Beautiful (1852). He came to the U.S. (1854), served as a newspaper correspondent in Kansas, and there met John Brown, whose Abolitionist plans he supported. After his service in the Civil War, and a stormy private life, friends sent him to San Francisco, where, broken in health, he soon committed suicide. Poems by Richard Realf, Poet, Soldier, Workman (1898), though admired by Bierce, is generally considered bombastically impassioned.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.