1912 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Cunningham

D. J. O'Donoghue, in Poets of Ireland (1912) 93.



JOHN CUNNINGHAM. — Day, and other Pastorals, Edinburgh, 1761, 4to; An Elegy on A Pile of Ruins, London, 1761, 4to; Love In A Mist, A Farce, 1747, 12mo. The Poetical Works of J. C, with Life, London, 1795 (?), 12mo.

Several complete editions of his poems have been published. Was the son of a wine merchant, and was born in Dublin in 1729. Wrote poetry for Dublin papers before he was twelve years old. He became an actor, and settled at Newcastle-on-Tyne, where he died on September 18, 1773 , aged 43, and was buried there. His Love in a Mist was written when he was only 17. He is considered one of the best of the English pastoral poets.