1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Henry Dana

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 383.



Dana (1787-1878) was born in Cambridge, Mass., passed three years at Harvard College, and was admitted to the Bar in 1811. His principal poem, The Buccaneer, appeared in 1827, and is still recognized as a work of genuine power. He wrote a series of lectures on Shakespeare; also a memoir of his brother-in-law, the poet-painter Allston. An edition of Dana's collected works, in prose and verse, was published in 1850. A son, hearing his name, distinguished himself early in life by his very successful prose work, Three years before the Mast. Beloved and esteemed, Dana, a year older than Byron, celebrated his ninetieth birthday, November 15th, 1877, and died a year afterward.