1862 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Wilson

Thomas Arnold, in A Manual of English Literature (1862; 1885) 454-55.



John Wilson was perhaps the ablest of the band of Edinburgh students who grew to manhood under the eye of Scott, devotedly attached to their great chief, and to the Conservative principles which he upheld. Among his Poems (1825), The Isle of Palms is the chief piece. It is a pretty story, but has not sufficient variety; and the metre chosen, which resembles that of Christabel, is sometimes jerky. Under the pseudonym of "Christopher North," Wilson was long known as the author of Noctes Ambrosianae and other papers, which came out in Blackwood's Magazine, edited by him.