ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Wright

(1805-1846 ca.)


John Wright was an Ayrshire carpet-weaver. At the age of nineteen (on the advice of John Struthers and Dugald Moore) he traveled to Edinburgh to publish his autobiographical poem in Spenserians, "The Retrospect." With the assistance of John Wilson he was able to gather subscriptions, and the poem proved a critical success. Wright, who seems to have suffered from a mental disorder, later abandoned his family and drank himself to death.


TEXT RECORDS:

1825The Retrospect. Canto II.
1830Lines composed over Robert Fergusson's Grave.
1830The Retrospect.

PUBLICATIONS:

The retrospect; or youthful scenes; with other poems and songs. 1830.
Whole poetical works. 1843.