1851 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Allan Ramsay

David Macbeth Moir, in Sketches of the Poetical Literature of the Past Half-Century (1851; 1852) 41.



Allan Ramsay is the only predecessor of Crabbe who approaches him in truth; but the difference between their portraitures is as wide as that between the limnings of Titian and those of Rembrandt. Ramsay's is the Doric, and as far as his sketches go, the real sun-shiny Doric. Crabbe's landscapes take in a wider and much more varied range.