1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Mounsey Cunningham

Allan Cunningham to James Hogg, 16 February 1826; David Hogg, Life of Allan Cunningham (1875) 265.



My brother's want of success has surprised me too. He had a fair share of talent; and, had he cultivated his powers with care, and given himself fair-play, his fate would have been different. But he sees nature rather through a curious medium than with the tasteful eye of poetry, and must please himself with the praise of those who love singular and curious things.