1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Mark Akenside

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 2:413.



Akenside was the son of a butcher at Newcastle; but Genius, which acknowledges not the artificial ranks of society, early distinguished him. At the university of Edinburgh, where he studied medicine, he became acquainted with Jeremiah Dyson Esq. to whose patronage and liberality he was much indebted, enjoying from him a pension of 300 a year; he was thus enabled to raise himself into notice and distinction among his medical brethren, and was ultimately appointed Physician to Her present Majesty. Akenside died of a putrid fever in 1770.