Sydney Dobell, an English poet, born at Peckham Rye, near London, April 5, 1824. In 1835 his father, a wine merchant in London, removed his business to Cheltenham. At the age of 12 he entered the counting room of his father, with whom he remained as a clerk for 12 years, devoting his leisure hours to literary pursuits. In 1848 he removed to Leckhamp-ton, Gloucestershire, where ho wrote his dramatic poem, "The Roman," published in 1850 under the nom de plume of " Sydney Yendys." In 1854 he published " Balder." These poems found many admirers, who hailed the author as the originator of a new era in English poetry.
They were, however, severely criticised, and were travestied by Aytoun in his "Fermilian." In 1855 Mr. Dobell united with Alexander Smith in a volume of " Sonnets on the "War," and in 1856 in a series of poems under the title of "England in Time of War." In 1865 he wrote a pamphlet on " Parliamentary Reform," advocating a graduated suffrage and the system of a plurality of votes. In 1871 he produced " England's Day," a volume of lyrics against what he regarded as the hostile attitude of Germany, Russia, and the United States.