1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Tait

Anonymous, Review of Tait, Cave of Morar, the Man of Sorrows; Critical Review 37 (June 1774) 472.



A legendary tale has something in its nature apt to impose upon the imagination, by the venerable robe of antiquity in which it is usually veiled. This circumstance may give an appearance of merit to a composition, which, in reality possesses very little of the spirit of poetry. The Cave or Morar, however, is not so much indebted to deception as to have no claim to the favourable verdict of criticism.