1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Allan Ramsay

John Pinkerton, 1786; in Alexander Campbell, Introduction to the History of Poetry in Scotland (1798) 190-91.



The convivial buffoonery of this writer [he means Allan Ramsay] has acquired him a sort of reputation, which his poetry by no means warrants; being far beneath the middling, and shewing no spark of genius. Even his buffoonery is not that of a tavern, but that of an alehouse.