1767 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Tickell

Oliver Goldsmith, in Beauties of English Poesy (1767) 2:24.



Through all Tickell's works there is a strain of ballad-thinking, if I may so express it; and, in this professed ballad [Colin and Lucy], he seems to have expressed himself. It is, perhaps, the best in our language in this way.