1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Tobias Smollett

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 2:434.



There is an indignation and severity in most of Smollett's poetry which partakes of the nature of his own temper. Every body can judge of the talents as the Author of several popular Novels, which in spite of accidental faults afford very just representations of life. Smollett was a disappointed man both as a political writer and a physician, and the loss of his only daughter combined with misfortune perhaps hastened though remotely his death, which happened at Leghorn. There is a very well drawn character of him inscribed on a column on the Banks of the Leven, erected by his cousin, James Smollett, Esq.