1889 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elijah Fenton

W. J. Courthope, Life of Pope in Works, ed. Elwin and Courthope (1871-1889) 5:196.



He seems to have been one of those beings who are generally and perhaps rather selfishly beloved, because, while known to possess fine powers, they make little effort to use them in their own behalf. His poems, which occasionally show glimpses of genius, exhibit his character much in the same light as his letters to Broome, suggesting something of Swift's contempt for mankind, mixed with a general kindness and benevolence, and a strong vein of religious feeling.