1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Frances Arabella Rowden

Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Review of Rowden, The Pleasures of Friendship; The Monthly Review 67 (April 1812) 434.



This poem appears to be the production of an elegant and feeling mind, capable of appreciating the pleasures which it describes. The fair author attempts no hazardous flights nor questionable sublimities, but her style and sentiments are in general correct and pleasing; though we do not agree with her in thinking that Friendship inspired the Maid of Corinth with the idea of tracing her lover's likeness on the wall. In page 52, we are hurried from Damon and Pythias to Sans-Souci and the King of Prussia, and then back again to Epaminondas, though a little attention might have obviated this incongruity.