1848 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

Rufus Griswold, in Sacred Poets (1848; 1866) 390.



ROBERT SOUTHEY, LL.D. was born in Bristol on the 12th of August, 1774, and was educated at Balliol College, with the design of his entering the church. His career at Oxford was a brief one; his tendency towards Socinianism made the plan marked out for him disagreeable; and he returned to Bristol, where, in 1794, in conjunction with a friend, he published his first volume of poems. His heterodox notions in religion and politics disappeared in a few years, and applying his great abilities to literature, he gradually rose to the first rank of the authors of his country. He died at Keswick on the 21st of March, 1843, in the sixty-eighth year of his age.