1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Gally Knight

Robert Carruthers, in Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 3rd ed. (1876; 1879) 5:318.



Some Eastern tales in the manner and measure of Byron were written by an accomplished man of fortune, Mr. Henry Gally Knight (1786-1846). The first of these, Ilderim, a Syrian Tale, was published in 1816. This was followed by Phrosyne, a Grecian Tale, Alashatar, an Arabian Tale, in 1817. Mr. Knight also wrote a dramatic poem, Hannibal in Bithynia. Though evincing poetical taste and correctness in delineation of Eastern manners — for Mr. Knight had travelled — these poems failed in exciting attention; and their author turned to the study of mediaeval architecture. His Architectural Tour in Normandy, and Ecclesiastical Architecture of Italy from the Time of Constantine to the Fifteenth Century, — the latter a splendidly illustrated work — are valuable additions to this branch of our historical literature.