1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Clio Rickman

George Daniel, in The Modern Dunciad (1814; 1815) 14 &n.



Prolific PASQUIN plies th' eternal quill,
FITZGERALD rhymes, and COBBETT proses still;
Hoarse CLIO RICKMAN'S Sonnets bay the moon,
CLIO, a poet, patriot, and buffoon.
GODWIN pursues his philosophic schemes,
And rapt in trance, JOANNA SOUTHCOTT dreams.

This man, whose person is perhaps, better known than his writings, is a contributor of Odes and Sonnets to the Monthly Magazines. He is an avowed admirer of the New French School of Philosophy, and a staunch advocate for "The Rights of Man." He parades the streets in a strange garb, to the no small entertainment of the mob, who, like Clio, are in general great sticklers for freedom.
N. B. He has no passion for clean linen.