1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Brown

Thomas Green, 17 December 1797; Extracts from the Diary of a Lover of Literature (1810) 53.



Looked over Brown's Essays on Satire, prefixed to Pope's Moral Poems; in which the nature and end of Satire is happily pourtrayed; and its history deduced from the earliest ages to its consummation in Pope, with uncommon spirit and correctness. These Essays contain some of the best verses I ever met with — but their excellence is of one kind. Dipped afterwards into Pope's Essays: his manner is infinitely more diversified, and delights with a thousand varied charms.