1844 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Finch

Robert Chambers, in Cyclopaedia of English Literature (1844; 1850) 2:580.



"It is remarkable," says Wordsworth, "that excepting the Nocturnal Reverie, and a passage or two in the Windsor Forest of Pope, the poetry of the period intervening between the publication of Paradise Lost and The Seasons, does not contain a single new image of external nature." The Nocturnal Reverie was written by ANNE, COUNTESS OF WINCHELSEA, the daughter of Sir William Kingsmill, Southampton, who died in 1720, aged about sixty. Her lines are smoothly versified, and possess a tone of calm and contemplative observation.