1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Erasmus Darwin

George Dyer, in History of the University and Colleges of Cambridge (1814) 2:450.



Dr. Erasmus Darwin, (M.B.) St. John's, 1755) was an eminent physician, and an admired, though rather too fine, a poet. He wrote The Botanic Garden, a Poem, in two parts, containing, in polished rhimed verse, (Part 1) The Economy of Vegetation, (Part 2), The Loves of the Plants, with Philosophical Notes, according to the Sexual System of Linnaeus; and the Shrine of Nature, a Philosophical Poem. He also wrote a philosophical work, in prose, entitled Zoonomia, and a Plan for a Lady's Boarding School. A Critique was published on the Zoonomia, by Dr. Brown, professor of moral philosophy in the University of Edinburgh, and his Life has been written by Miss Seward.