ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen

(1792-1836)


Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen was the son of a Bedforshire ironmonger. He was raised as a Quaker and educated with the poet William Howitt at the Friends' academy at Ackworth in Yorkshire, before being apprenticed to a schoolmaster at the age of fourteen. He published a poem in the European Magazine (1807), opened a school at Woburn in 1811, visited Southey and Wordsworth on a trip to the Lake District, and was co-editor of The Investigator (1820-24). In 1821 the Duke of Bedford appointed him librarian at Woburn Abbey. Wiffen translated Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered into Spenserians.


TEXT RECORDS:

1807Ode to Meditation.
1817To Miss M. Raffles. — Aetat. III.
1819Aspley Wood.
1819Aspley Wood. Canto II.
1819On the Character and Poetry of Lord Byron.
1819The Lily of the Valley.
1820To the Memory of William Thompson.
1821Jerusalem Delivered, Book the Fourth.
1827Spring Birds.

PUBLICATIONS:

The geographical primer. 1812.
Poems by three friends [with T. Raffles and J. B. Brown]. 1813.
The echo of antiquity. The past and the future. 1814.
Elegiac lines [with Benjamin B. Wiffen]. 1818.
Aonian hours and other poems. 1819.
Julia Alpinula, with other poems. 1820.
Jerusalem delivered: book the fourth. 1821.
The works of Garcilasso de la Vega, translated. 1823.
Jerusalem delivered, translated into English Spenserian verse. 2 vols, 1824-25.
Verses written on the alameda at Ampthill Park. 1827.
Historical memoirs of the first race of ancestry whence the house of Russell had its origin. 2 vols, 1833.
Appeal for the injured African. 1833.
Verses written at Woburn Abbey. 1836.
The brothers Wiffen: memoirs and miscellanies, ed. S. R. Pattison. 1880.