ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Cumming

(1770 ca.-1791 fl.)


Little is known of Robert Cumming, identified in a contemporary hand in the British Library copy of his Poems as "Staymaker in Edin." He defeated the peddler-poet Alexander Wilson in a verse competition in 1791.

TEXT RECORDS:

1791Eclogue, attempted in the Scottish Dialect.
1791Essay, delivered in the Pantheon, on Thursday, April 14. 1791.
1791The Untutored Muse.
1791Willie and Jamie, an Eclogue, in the Scottish Dialect.

PUBLICATIONS:

Poems on Several Occasions. To which is added, The History of Mr. Wallace. A Novel. 1791.
Essay ... on the question, "Whether have the exertions of Allan Ramsay or Robert Ferguson done most honour to Scottish poetry." To which is added, Willie and Jamie, an eclogue, in the Scottish dialect. 1791.