1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Congreve

Robert Anderson, in Works of the British Poets (1795) 7:535.



His biographers have bestowed the most extravagant encomiums on his Miscellaneous Poems. Such exuberant and indiscriminate praise is seldom the result of judgment, and certainly is not so in the present case. His dramatic works excepted, few readers will now be able to go through his poetical productions with any great degree of pleasure. Dr. Johnson's criticism upon them affords a fine contrast to the loud applauses of the biographers.