1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Bruce

James Grant Wilson, in Poetry of Scotland (1876) 1:294.



His education was retarded by this employment [of studying for the ministry], but his training as a poet was benefited by solitary communing with nature amidst scenery that overlooked Lochleven and its castle. It is worthy of notice that in his early partiality for poetry he was encouraged by two judicious friends — Mr. David Arnot and Mr. David Pearson, who praised his juvenile attempts at versification, and gave him the advantage of reading such books as Spenser and Shakespeare, Milton and Pope.