1700 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Blackmore

John Locke to William Molyneux, 1700 ca.; Russell, Book of Authors (1860) 120.



Though Sir R. B.'s vein in poetry be what everybody must allow him to have an extraordinary talent in, and though with you I exceedingly valued his first preface, yet I must own to you there was nothing I so much admired him for as what he says of hypotheses in the last. It seems to me so right, and is yet so much out of the way of the ordinary writers and practitioners in that faculty, that it shows as great a strength and penetration of judgment as his poetry his shown flight of fancy.