1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Bampfylde

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 3:434.



Jackson of Exeter, a man whose various talents made all who knew him remember him with regret, designed to re-publish the little collection of Bampfylde's Sonnets, with what few of his pieces were still unedited, and to prefix to them an account of the author, who was truly a man of genius. From him I heard an interesting and melancholy history, all of which he would not have communicated to the publick — what he thought allowable to publish, may, perhaps, exist among his papers. Those poems which are here first printed were transcribed from the originals in his possession.

Bampfylde published his Sonnets at a very early age; they are some of the most original in our language. He died in a private mad house, after twenty years confinement.