1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Abraham Heraud

Robert Carruthers, in Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 3rd ed. (1876; 1879) 7:42.



JOHN ABRAHAM HERAUD — an author of curious and varied erudition, and long connected with periodical literature — has made two attempts at epic grandeur in his poems. The Descent into Hell, 1830, and Judgment of the Flood, 1834. He has also been a contributor to the unacted drama, having written several tragedies — Salavera, The Two Brothers, Videna, &c. Mr. Heraud is, or rather was, in poetry what Martin was in art, a worshipper of the vast, the remote, and the terrible. His Descent and Judgment are remarkable poems — "psychological curiosities," evincing a great amount of misplaced intellectual and poetic power. In 1871 Mr. Heraud published The Ingathering, a volume of poetry; and The War of Ideas, a poem on the Franco-Prussian war.