1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bernard Barton

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 368.



Barton (1784-1849) has often been spoken of as "the Quaker poet." He became a banker's clerk at the age of twenty-six, and continued in that position, like Lamb in the East India House, to the end of his life. Pure, gentle, and amiable, his poetry reflects his character. To the Sonnet to a Grandmother, Charles Lamb affixed the characteristical comment, "A good sonnet. Dixi. — C. LAMB." Barton's Poems and Letters were published, with a memoir, by his daughter, in 1853.