ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James De La Cour

(1709-1781)


The Rev. James De La Cour (or Dalacourt) was born in Killowen, near Blarny in County Cork, the second son of a landed gentleman who resided in that county. After study with Edward Mulloy of Cork he attended Trinity College Dublin (B.A. 1731, M.A. 1735). De La Cour took orders upon graduation, but the "mad Parson" had a reputation for being more concerned with poetry than piety. His Prospect of Poetry went through five editions. The verses by "J. Thomson" that appear among the commendatory poems in De La Cour's Poems were disowned by James Thomson.


TEXT RECORDS:

1734A Prospect of Poetry.
1738 ca.On Poesy, or the Fine Arts. An Epistle, to the Rt. Hon. Richard Earl of Shannon, on the Advancement of Literature.

PUBLICATIONS:

Abelard to Eloisa. 1730.
The match, a poem. In three heats—. 1730?
The progress of beauty. A poem. 1732.
The Chevalier de St. Patrick. Or, the Irish Pretender's character. 1734.
A prospect of poetry. To which is added a poem to Mr. Thomson on his Seasons. 1734.
Poems. 1778.
A prospect of poetry, with other poems. 1807.