1844 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Cunningham

Robert Chambers, in Cyclopedia of English Literature (1844; 1850) 2:121.



JOHN CUNNINGHAM (1729-1773), the son of a wine-cooper in Dublin, was an actor, and performed several years in Digges's company, Edinburgh. In his latter years he sunk into careless, dissipated habits, and resided at Newcastle-on-Tyne, in the house of a "generous printer," whose hospitality for some time supported the poet. Cunningham's pieces are full of pastoral simplicity and lyrical melody. He amied at nothing high, and seldom failed.