1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Carlos Wilcox

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 460-61.



Wilcox (1794-1827), the son of a farmer, was a native of Newport, N. H. He entered Middlebury College, and afterward studied theology at Andover. He commenced preaching in 1818; his discourses were eloquent and thoughtful; but he had to abandon the ministry on account of ill-health. His principal poem is The Age of Benevolence, which he did not live to complete, and portions of which only have been published. Another incomplete poem, included in his Remains, is The Religion of Taste, republished in London in 1850. In his minute and accurate descriptions of natural scenery he shows some of the highest qualities of the poet. He may lack the passionate fervor by which the most impressive effects are reached in concentrated expression and startling metaphor, but he deserved a higher fame than he ever reached among the literary men of his day. A volume of his Remains was published in Hartford, Conn., in 1828, by Edward Hopkins.