1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Wilson

Walter Scott to Joanna Baillie, 1811; Mary Wilson Gordon, Christopher North (1862; 1894) 112n.



The author of the elegy upon poor [James] Grahame is John Wilson, a young man of very considerable poetical powers. He is now engaged upon a poem called the Isle of Palms, something in the style of Southey. He is an eccentric genius, and has fixed himself on the banks of Windermere, but occasionally resided in Edinburgh, where he now is. He seems an excellent, warm-hearted, and enthusiastic young man, something too much, perhaps, of the latter quality, places him among the list of originals.