1800 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Newcomb

Robert Southey, 1800 ca.; Common-Place Book (1849-51) 1:423.



This author was, by the mother's side, great-grandson to Spenser: genius is not hereditary. He published very many poems, from one of which, on the Last Judgment, a few lines may suffice to show how easy it is to imitate Milton! As if to show that his taste was equal to his genius, he turned two of Hervey's Meditations into verse!