1845 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Maginn

John Wilson Croker, 1845 ca.; Russell, Book of Authors (1860) 457.



On the few occasions of my having the pleasure of being in his society, his conversation was very lively and original — a singular mixture of classical erudition and Irish fun. There was a good deal of wit, and still more of drollery, and certainly no deficiency of what is called conviviality and animal spirits. I remember on one occasion having heard from some common friend that he seemed to be throwing away a great deal of talent on ephemeral productions, I took the liberty of advising him to direct his great powers to some more permanent objects, and he told me that he contemplated some serious work, I think on the Greek drama, but of this I am not quite sure. It might have been the Greek orators. I had a high opinion of his power to illustrate either.