1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Henry Francis Cary; Literary Journal for 1797; in Memoir of the Rev. Henry Francis Cary (1847) 1:102-03.



January 5 and 6. Read Hayley's Life of Milton. A warm but injudicious vindication of the poet's character from the violent and illiberal aspersions of Johnson. The accounts of two Italian dramas, in the Appendix, from whence Milton might have first conceived the idea of writing Paradise Lost, are curious; but perhaps there might be found some old English dramas or moralities, that might furnish equal grounds for this sort of conjecture. This, however, is mere supposition.