1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Somervile

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1845) 371.



WILLIAM SOMERVILE was born at Edston, in Warwickshire, of an ancient and illustrious family. He was possessed and estate of 1500 a year, was amiable and hospitable, and united elegant and refined pursuits with the active amusements which he has celebrated in his poem of the Chase; but from deficiency in economy and temperance was driven, according to Shenstone's account, to drink himself into pains of body in order to rid of those of his mind.