Monday, January 21, 2013

Heroic Commander Ross

Monday, January 21, 2013
Wildman, Commander James Clark Ross, 1834
Loretta reports:

I noticed this poem for a couple of reasons.  First, Louisa Sheridan, the author, is one of the Sheridan sisters mentioned obliquely (in relation to the Sheridan-Grant Scandal) in Scandal Wears Satin.  Second, I had an idea who Captain Ross was:  We 2NHG pinned him to our Pinterest page under Hot Heroic Inspiration. (I am assuming this is the correct fellow, since all the info fits.)

Among other things, the poem displays the era’s love of puns.  What Commander Ross displays, I leave you to determine.  If you click on the link under the portrait, you’ll reach his Wikipedia page, where you can enlarge his portrait considerably, and take in every tiny detail.  Please click on the poem to enlarge it to readable size.


 —The Comic Offering; Or Ladies' Melange of Literary Mirth, Editor
Louisa Henrietta Sheridan, 1835


Freyalyn said...

His bear/wolfskin? The star over his shoulder? And am amazed I never realised why Mounts Erebus and Terror were so named.

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