1840 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Allan Cunningham

Anonymous, in Chambers's Cyclopedia of English Literature (1840-44; 1879) 6:22.



There was always a freshness and energy about the man and his writings that arrested the attention and excited the imagination, though his genius was but little under the control of a correct or critical judgment. Strong nationality and inextinguishable ardour formed conspicuous traits in his character; and altogether the life of Mr. Cunningham was a fine example of successful original talent and perseverance, undebased by any of the alloys by which the former is too often accompanied.