1866 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Henry Dana

Rufus Griswold, in Sacred Poets (1866) 433.



This great poet was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1787, and was educated at Harvard College. He studied law in Baltimore, and after practicing a short time in the courts, turned his attention to literature. In 1833 appeared his Poems and Prose Writings, in one volume; and he has since published a few pieces in the periodicals. Mr. Dana's works are of the first rank in literary art, and they are pervaded by a profoundly religious and philosophical spirit.