1868 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Crabbe

Emily Taylor, in Memories of Contemporary Poets; with Selections from their Writings (1868) 95.



I thought it well worth while to copy and preserve the following poem ["Hope and Memory"], by a man of sense as well as genius, unequal in his compositions, sometimes very strong, his images most striking and impressive, at others sinking into rather bald colloquial language. The end of the following poem is not worthy, I think, of the beginning and middle part. The picture of the old paralytic could have been written by no one perhaps but Crabbe. I have taken it from the volume already referred to, edited by Mrs. Joanna Baillie, in 1823. I have also added another of Crabbe's poems, "The Ancient Mansion," unlike in style to most of his pieces, and to my own mind very original and feeling. It provokes a comparison with Miss Blamire's "Nabob's Return," different as is the rank of the returning wanderers. There seems to be an error in the first stanza, as if a line had dropped out; but we must leave it as it is.