1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Rowe

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 1:196.



He ranks higher as a translator than as a poet; and as a dramatist than either: He is a cold writer, and is said to have had a cold heart. His genius certainly never rises above the temperate point. He succeeded Nahum Tate as Poet-Laureat.