Robert Montgomery (poet)

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Robert Montgomery (1807–1855) was an English poet, the son of Robert Gomery. He was educated at a private school in Bath, Somerset, and founded an unsuccessful weekly paper in that city. In 1828 he published The Omni-presence of the Deity, which hit popular religious sentiment so exactly that it ran through eight editions in as many months. In 1830 he followed it with The Puffiad (a satire), and Satan, or Intellect without God. An exhaustive review in Blackwood's by John Wilson, followed in the thirty-first number by a burlesque of Satan, and two articles in the first volume of Fraser, ridiculed Montgomery's pretensions and the excesses of his admirers. But his name was immortalized by Macaulay's famous onslaught in the Edinburgh Review for April 1830, "an annihilating so Jove-like that the victim automatically commands the spectator's rueful sympathy."[1] This review did not, however, diminish the sale of his poems; The Omnipresence of the Deity reached its 28th edition in 1858. In 1830 Montgomery entered Lincoln College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1833 and M.A. in 1838. Taking holy orders in 1835 he obtained a curacy at Whittington, Shropshire, which he exchanged in 1836 for the charge of the church of St. Jude, Glasgow. In 1843 he removed to the parish of St. Pancras, London, when he was minister of Percy Chapel. He died at Brighton in 1855.

List of works[edit]

  • The Omni-presence of the Deity, (1828)
  • The Puffiad, (1830)
  • Satan, or Intellect without God, (1830)
  • Oxford, (1831)
  • The Messiah, (1832)
  • Woman, the Angel of Life, (1833)
  • God and Man: being outlines of religious and moral truth, according to Scripture and the church, (1850)

References[edit]

  1. ^ D. B. Wyndham Lewis and Charles Lee, The Stuffed Owl, p. 173.