1790 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Allan Ramsay

Alexander Geddes, in Dissertation on the Scoto-Saxon Dialect, 1790 ca.; Irving, Lives of the Scottish Poets (1804) 2:435-36.



"It is my opinion," says Dr. Geddes, "that those who for almost a century have written in Scots, Allan Ramsay not excepted, have not duly discriminated the genuine Scottish idiom from its vulgarisms. They seem to have acted a similar part with certain pretended imitators of Spenser and Milton, who fondly imagine that they are copying from those great models, when they only mimic their antique mode of spelling, their obsolete terms, and their irregular construction."