1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Washington Allston

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 350.



Allston (1779-1843) was born in Charleston, S.C., was educated at a private school in Newport, R.I., and graduated at Harvard in 1800. His first wife was a sister of Channing. In 1830 he was married to a sister of the poet Dana, and resided in Cambridgeport, Mass., the rest of his life. While in Europe he formed the intimate friendship of Coleridge. Studying art in London and Rome, he attained the highest eminence as a painter. He published The Sylph of the Seasons, and other Poems, also Monaldi, a prose romance. Honored and beloved, he passed a blameless and noble life.