1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Parnell

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 1:184.



Parnell forsook the Whigs — when the Whig ministry were displaced: if his conversion was sincere, he chose an unlucky time to avow it. He wanted strength of mind; upon the death of his wife he fled to society and to the bottle for relief, and thus shortened his days. Pope was obliged to him for literary, and Gay for pecuniary assistance. His Hermit and his delightful Fairy Tale are among the most popular poems in our language. His Hesiod is written with equal skill.