1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Swain

Robert Carruthers, in Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 3rd ed. (1876; 1879) 7:95.



A native of Manchester, and carrying on business there as an engraver, CHARLES SWAIN (1803-1874) became known as a poet in the pages of The Literary Gazette and other literary journals. His collected works are: Metrical Essays, 1827; The Mind and other Poems, 1831; Dramatic Chapters, Poems, and Songs, 1847; English Melodies, 1849; Art and Fashion, 1863; and Songs and Ballads, 1868. Some of Mr. Swain's songs and domestic poems — which are free from all mysticism and exaggerated sentiment — have been very popular both at home and abroad. They have great sweetness, tenderness, and melody.