1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 3:77.



Goldsmith's career began in misfortune, and the greater part of his life was overshadowed by poverty. A simple man in the affairs of the world, his impudencies brought with them the meed of vices. But even in indigence he was dear to those who know how to honour talents; and his exquisite good nature attached to him even those who might have hated him for his wit. The TRAVELLER, and DESERTED VILLAGE will to many eyes present serious truths, to many, the speculations only of a man of genius. He died in 1774, in the possession of such honours as the friendship of men, high in rank, and abilities, could bestow upon him.