ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Emily

(1734-1762)


Charles Emily, the eldest son of Edward Emily of West Clandon, Surrey, entered Trinity College Cambridge as a pensioner in 1752 (B.A. 1756, M.A. 1759) and became a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge in 1759. Coming into his inheritance in 1760 he retired to his estate, where he was major of the Surrey militia. Robert Lloyd published Emily's unusual sonnet sequence "Death" in St. James Magazine (1762). It was likely this that caught the attention of Robert Southey, who lamented "Emily and Bampfylde ... cut off in the blossom of their youth" in Life and Works of Cowper (1835-37) 2:181.

TEXT RECORDS:

1755 ca.An Ode to a Friend.
1755The Praises of Isis; a Poem.
1755[Untitled, "In those bright mansions, to the Gods above."]
1759Death. A Poem.

PUBLICATIONS:

The praises of Isis. 1755.