Nineteenth-century Cornish poet and writer who published The Siege of Constantinople in 1831. His other literary works include An Essay on Woman, The Saxon's Daughter, and London in Light and Darkness.
After graduating from Truro Grammar School, he worked briefly as an iron smelter.
The publication of Ruins of Many Lands in 1849 brought him to the attention of both readers and literary critics.
He married Maria Waterhouse in 1836. His father, John Michell, was a scientist who helped discover the tantalite mineral group.
Like Arthur Hugh Clough, Michell was a nineteenth-century English poet.