1750 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Donne

Thomas Gray, "Observations on English Meter" (MS.) in Works, ed. Gosse (1895) 1:340-41 & n.



Spenser has also given an instance of the decsyllabic measure with an unusual liberty in its feet, in the beginning of his Pastoral called August ....

And after him Dr. Donne (in his Satires) observes no regularity in the pause, or in the feet of his verse, only the number of syllables is equal throughout. I suppose he thought this rough uncouth measure suited the plain familiar style of satirical poetry.