1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Grenville Mellen

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 525.



Mellen (1799-1841) was a native of Biddeford, Me. He graduated at Cambridge, and studied law; but a tendency to epilepsy prevented all professional success. He resided at times in Boston, Washington, and New York. A man of singular elevation and purity of character, and a true poet in feeling, he lacked the artistic gift by which expression is made to interpret and impart, in aptest, briefest form, what is powerfully felt. The chief collection of his poems, The Martyr's Triumph, Buried Valley, and other Poems (of which few copies are to be found), was published in Boston in 1833.