1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Chandos Leigh

Anonymous, Review of Leigh, Juvenile Poems; Monthly Magazine 45 (April 1818) 249.



We have been much pleased with the Juvenile Poems, and other pieces of Mr. Chandos Leigh. He has not submitted his free-born genius to the chains which Pope and his disciples have imposed upon the efforts of lesser talent. He professes himself a lover of Nature and simplicity. His amatory effusions are particularly elegant, and, though destitute of that high poetic genius which characterises the writings of Mr. Moore, there is a degree of sprightliness and feeling which strongly reminds us of that fascinating writer. In his more serious compositions, he appears to have taken Lord Byron for his model; and imitated his sombre, but powerful, pencil, with considerable effect.