1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Gray

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 2:428.



The Life of such a man as Gray contains few incidents for biography. Reserved and melancholy by nature and shunned society and gave himself up, perhaps from selfish motives, to the cultivation of his talents. He seems not to have been very anxious for praise, for he cared little for the opinion of the world, and the poems he left behind him are but few — but they are Poems. The collection of his letters and other works published after his death, by his friend W. Mason, will afford the reader the best account of his life and talents.