1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Baron

George Ellis, in Specimens of Early English Poets (1801; 1845) 3:330.



Robert Baron was born in 1630, and received his education at Cambridge, after which he became a member of Gray's Inn. At the age of seventeen he published a novel called The Cyprian Academy, 8vo, in which he introduced two dramatic pieces of his own composition, and in his riper age (says the editor of the Biographica Dramatica) wrote the tragedy of Mirza. He was also the author of a collection of poems, called Pocula Castalia, 1650, 12mo, in which whatever is poetical appears to be pilfered from other writers. In the following [Epithalamium], taken from the first mentioned volume, he has borrowed largely from Milton's Comus. Baron was the friend and correspondent of James Howell.