1746 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Collins

Thomas Gray to Thomas Wharton, 27 December 1746; Works, ed. Gosse (1895) 2:159-60.



Have you seen the works of two young authors, a Mr. Warton and a Mr. Collins, both writers of Odes? it is odd enough, but each is the half of a considerable man, and one the counterpart of the other. The first has but little invention, very poetical choice of expression, and a good ear. The second, a fine fancy, modelled upon the antique, a bad ear, great variety of words, and images with no choice at all. The both deserve to last some years, but will not.