1618 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Edmund Bolton, 1618 ca.; in Hypercritica (1722) 237.



The English Poems of Sir Walter Raleigh, of John Donn, of Hugh Holland, but especially of Sir Foulk Grevile in his matchless Mustapha, are not easily to be mended. I dare not presume to speak of his Majesty's Exercises in this Heroick Kind. Because I see them all left out in that Edition which Montague Lord Bishop of Winchester hath given us of his royal Writings. But if I should declare mine own Rudeness rudely, I should then confess, that I never tasted English more to my liking, nor more smart, and put to the height of Use in Poetry, then in that vital judicious, and most practicable Language of Benjamin Jonson's Poems.