1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Beaumont

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1845) 105.



SIR JOHN BEAUMONT, brother of the celebrated dramatic poet, was born at Grace Dieu, the seat of the family of Leicestershire. He studied at Oxford, and at the inns of court; but, forsaking the law, married and retired to his native seat. Two years before his death he was knighted by Charles the First.

He wrote the Crown of Thorns, a poem, of which no copy is known to be extant; Bosworth Field, and a variety of small original and translated pieces. Bosworth Field may be compared with Addison's Campaign, without a high compliment to either. Sir John has no fancy, but there is force an dignity in some of his passages; and he deserves notice as one of the earliest polishers of what is called the heroic couplet.