ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ebenezer Elliott

(1781-1849)


Ebenezer Elliott was raised in a dissenting family, the son of a clerk in an ironworks. Though he had at least some schooling from a master named Joseph Ramsotham, Elliott was largely self-taught. He labored in the family foundry before becoming owner of an iron foundry in Sheffield. When the factory went bankrupt, Elliott was a bar-iron merchant (1821-42). Elliott corresponded from some years with Robert Southey, who took a particular interest in verses by uneducated writers. He became famous later in life for his Corn Law Rhymes, advocating free trade.


TEXT RECORDS:

1820Bothwell.
1820Peter Faultless to his Brother Simon.

PUBLICATIONS:

The vernal walk. 1801.
The soldier and other poems, by Britannicus. 1810.
Night: a descriptive poem. 1818.
Peter Faultless to his brother Simon; Tales of night, in rhyme, and other poems. 1820.
Love: a poem; The giaour: a satirical poem. 1823.
Scotch nationality: a vision. 1824.
Corn Law rhymes: the ranter. 1830.
The splendid village: Corn Law rhymes, and other poems. 1833.
Poems. 1833, 1834, 1835.
Poetical works. 1840; 3 vols, 1844.
More verse and prose by the Corn-law rhymer. 2 vols, 1850.
Life, poetry, and letters of Ebenezer Elliott, ed. John Watkins. 1850.
Poetical works, ed. Edwin Elliott. 2 vols, 1876.