1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

John Aikin, in Letters to a Young Lady (1806) 43.



We will next, my dear Mary, turn to an author, one of whose praises is, never to have written "a line which, dying, he would wish to blot" — the moral and elegant ADDISON. He ranks, indeed, much higher as a writer of prose than of verse, yet he first came into notice for his talents in the latter capacity. He had the fortune to live at at time when the union of poetry with loyalty bore a high value, and his praises of William and Marlborough were rewarded with pensions and public employments.