1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bryan Waller Procter

Mary Russell Mitford to Sir William Elford, 5 July 1820; L'Estrange, Life of Mary Russell Mitford (1870) 1:340.



Every body is talking of Marcian Colonna, Barry Cornwall's new poem. Now "Barry Cornwall" is an alias. The poet's real name is Procter, a young attorney, who feared it might hurt his practice if he were known to follow this "idle trade." It has, however, become very generally known, and poor Mr. Procter is terribly embarrassed with his false name. He neither knows how to keep it on or throw it up. By whatever appellation he chooses to be called, he is a great poet.