1748 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Abel Evans

Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, 1748; in Works, ed. Gosse (1895) 2:220.



Mr. Dyer (here you will despise me highly) has more of poetry in his imagination than almost any of our number; but rough and injudicious. I should range Mr. Bramston only a step or two above Dr. King, who is as low in my estimation as in yours. Dr. Evans is a furious madman; and pre-existence is nonsense in all her altitudes. Mr. Lyttleton is a gentle elegiac person.