1713 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

Henry Felton, in A Dissertation on Reading the Classics (1713; 1715) 254



And now, my Lord, You see I am entered upon Poetry, where little need be said after what I have said already. Perhaps I may touch some Characters again; but besides those I have named, I may recommend Mr. Addison, and Mr. Prior, as perfect Patterns of true poetic Writing. Mr. Addison is more laboured; like his great Master Virgil, he hath weighed every Word; nor is there an expression in all his Lines, that can be changed for any juster, or more forcible than itself. Mr. Prior enjoys the freest and easiest Muse in the World, and perhaps is the only Man who may rival Horace in an admirable Felicity of Expression, both in the sublime and familiar Way.