ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Millhouse

(1788-1839)


Born to a poor Nottingham family, Robert Millhouse began working at the age of six, learning to read and write in Sunday school. He was employed as a stocking-weaver when not serving in the militia (1819-14), and the Sherwood Foresters (1817); in 1832 he took a position working in a savings bank. Twice married, Millhouse suffered from poverty and ill-health. Millhouse was not without patrons, and indeed achieved a measure of fame as a provincial poet. He was often compared to Bloomfield and Clare, and was known to the neighboring Howitts, who may have assisted him in getting his poems published in the annuals.


TEXT RECORDS:

1822Time.
1823[Spenserian Sonnets.]
1826In Answer to some Cavillings of a Sceptic.
1826The Song of the Patriot.
1827Sherwood Forest.
1827[Spenserian Sonnets.]

PUBLICATIONS:

Vicissitude, a poem in four books and other pieces. 1821.
Blossoms by Robert Millhouse. Being a selection of sonnets. 2nd edition, 1823.
The song of the patriot, sonnets, and songs. 1826.
Sherwood forest, and other poems. 1827.
The destinies of man. 1832.
The destinies of man, part second. 1834.
The sonnets and songs of Robert Millhouse, ed. J. P. Briscoe. 1881.