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Robert Montgomery

(1807—1855) poet and Church of England clergyman


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(1807–55) English poet and clergyman. He wrote on religious themes (The Omnipresence of the Deity, 1828; Satan, 1830) and also composed vitriolic social satire (The Age Reviewed, 1827). He was lampooned for his poetic pretensions in Blackwood's Magazine by John Wilson and the techniques used to advertise his work were the subject of Thomas Macaulay's withering attack in the Edinburgh Review for April 1830, which also declared that Montgomery's work ‘bears the same relation to poetry which a Turkey carpet bears to a picture’. Despite these critical attacks, Montgomery's work enjoyed wide popularity.

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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