1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Philips

Vicesimus Knox, in Essays Moral and Literary (1779) 2:276.



The number of minor poets who displayed great merit, yet who seem to have derived it all from imitation, is too tedious to recapitulate. Philips and his friend [Edmund] Smith were correct and classical in a degree superior to their contemporaries. Philips has performed the task of imitation, with an accuracy of resemblance scarcely equalled by any of his followers but [Isaac Hawkins] Browne.