1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Wilson Croker

Chandos Leigh, in Poesy; a Satire (1818); The View and other Poems (1822) 55 &n.



A prince is married: now, ye Southeys! bring
Your loyal odes; ye lesser poets, sing!
Knee-worshippers of royalty, ye trace
In ever courteous smile a matchless grace.
Patrician fribblers flatter near the court,
When — are buffons, 'tis glorious sport.
There Talavera's poet may outshine
Scott, and old Wharton rival Byron's line.

Mr. Southey should not write Birth-Day Odes, otherwise we shall forget his masterly poem, Rhoderic, last of the Goths. Mr. F[itzgerald] writes too much in the same strain. This is the declamation of Poetry. Mr. Croker has written a spirited thing called the Battle of Talavera, but it is not equal to the Battles in Marmion, or Rokeby. Mr. Wharton is inferior to his namesakes, although he would endeavour to make us believe that he is an epic poet!