1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Dermody

Samuel Whyte, in Whyte, Poems (1795) 270.



This extraordinary young genius is from Ennis, in the county of Clare. His father, reputed a good classic scholar, had a flourishing school there, and under his instruction, at a very early age indeed, young Dermody, the son, gave proofs of capacity. Specimens of his compositions were handed about and deservedly admired; but he was ignorant of the world, and the domestic scene was too confined for his expanding ideas: He left the place of his nativity, and about three years ago arrived, under great difficulties, in the metropolis, where his surprising talents soon introduced him to notice, and procured him an honourable patronage. He has lately published proposals for printing by subscription Poems, written between his thirteenth and seventeenth year, which were enclosed to the author, accompanied with the foregoing stanzas. — A few of his juvenile productions were formerly presented to the curious. They abound with original and striking beauties, and taste and judgment are eloquent in their praise. — DERMODY is now but just turn'd of eighteen; the age of poor unfriended CHATTERTON!