Richard Henry Wilde


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(1789–1847), Irish-born poet, lawyer, and at various times congressman from Georgia (1815–35). Part of his projected epic on the Seminole War, The Lament of the Captive, was published without his knowledge (1819), and stirred a tempest of speculation, being variously claimed as the work of another or as a translation from Alcaeus. Anthony Barclay, English consul at Savannah, circulated a translation into Greek, which he later published in an Authentic Account of Wilde's Alleged Plagiarism (1871). The poem was enthusiastically praised, and set to music by Lanier and others as My Life Is Like the Summer Rose. In Italy (1835–40) he wrote romantic Conjectures …Concerning …Tasso (2 vols., 1842). While in New Orleans (1843–47) he was a professor of constitutional law and wrote Hesperia (1867), a long poem in Tom Moore's vein. His lyric poems are uncollected.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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