1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Bampfylde

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1845) 639.



JOHN BAMPFYLDE was the younger brother of Sir Charles Bampfylde. He was educated at Cambridge, and published his Sonnets in 1776 when very young. He soon after fell into mental derangement, and passed the last years of his life in a private madhouse. After twenty years' confinement he recovered his senses, but not till he was in the last gasp of consumption.