1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Cunningham

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 204.



Cunningham (1729-1773), the son of a wine-cooper in Dublin, was an actor by profession. "His pieces," says Chambers, "are full of pastoral simplicity and lyrical melody. He aimed at nothing high, and seldom failed."