1862 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Rowe

Thomas Arnold, in A Manual of English Literature (1862; 1885) 361.



Nicholas Rowe, whose translation of Lucan's Pharsalia Johnson, with hyperbolic praise, calls "one of the greatest productions of English poetry," wrote an Epistle to Flavia (in which he attacks Dryden for having corrupted not only the stage, but the English language, by the "crew of foreign words" which he had brought into it), and also some pastoral ballads which have much grace and melody. Colin's Contplaint is among these; it opens—

Despairing beside a clear stream,
A shepherd forsaken was laid;
And while a false nymph was his theme,
A willow supported his head.

One sees where Shenstone got his manner.