1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Gay

John Aikin, in Letters to a Young Lady (1806) 52.



GAY is an original author, who drew his images and sentiments from the store of his own observations. He has no claim to sublimity, and has little of the warmth and enthusiasm which denote a poet of the higher order; but he is easy and natural, sometimes elegant, often pleasant, generally amusing, and never tiresome. His works are extremely varied in subject and manner, and require selection both in respect to merit and propriety.