1898 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Herman Merivale

Rowland E. Prothero, in Letters of Byron (1898-1904) 2:5.



John Herman Merivale (1779-1844) made friends at St. John's College, Cambridge, with Robert Bland, with whom he collaborated in Collections from the Greek Anthology (1806), and with Henry Drury and Francis Hodgson, with both of whom he became connected by his marriage (1805) with Drury's sister. In 1814 he published Orlando in Roncesvalles, a poem in ottava rima, suggested, as he says, in the Preface to his collected poems, "by a perusal of the Morgante Maggiore" of Pulci. His collected Poems, Original and Translated, consisting, in the main, of translations, and including Orlando and Ricciardetto (1820), were published in 1838. He was made a Commissioner in Bankruptcy in 1831.