1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Verral

Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Review of Verral, The Pleasures of Possession; The Monthly Review 64 (February 1811) 212.



This is a cheerful and harmonious lay; and though it contains no passages of great novelty or extraordinary force, yet the author possesses so much good nature, — "the soul's refreshing green," — and he persuades us to be happy so cordially, that many readers will turn with satisfaction to his work when fatigued by the glare of more brilliant performances; and he will be intitled to the gratitude of every "contented spirit" whom he has taught to rejoice in and value the present moment.