English poet and parodist. Charles was born at Martley, Worcestershire, the son of a clergyman, Henry Blayds, who was curate-in-charge here during the long absence of the rector. Charles was schooled at Marlborough and Harrow before going on to Balliol College, Oxford. His penchant for practical jokes led to his being sent down, but he was able to resume his education at Christ's College, Cambridge, eventually becoming a Fellow. His father changed the family surname to Calverley in 1852. Charles chose a career in law and became a barrister in London, being called to the bar of the Inner Temple in 1865. A serious accident the following year whilst skating left his a permanent invalid and brought his prospects in the legal profession to an immediate end.
He turned to his skills as a translator, published under the anonymity of his initials, C.S.C., and was respected for his work on Greek and Latin texts. He translated the idylls of the Greek poet Theocritus into English verse (1869), but is best remembered for the parodies of poets such as Browning and Tennyson contained in Fly leaves (1872).
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