1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

Oliver Goldsmith, in Beauties of English Poetry (1776); Works (1908) 9:237.



Our poetry was not quite harmonised in Waller's time; so that this [Death of the Lord Protector], which would be now looked upon as a slovenly sort of versification, was, with respect to the times in which it was written, almost a prodigy of harmony.