1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Tickell

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 1:381.



Goldsmith has said of Tickell, that through all his poetry there is a strain of ballad-thinking to be found. This praise is not perhaps peculiarly applicable. Few of our minor poets are so free from faults; the proportion of ore to dross is great, but the ore is not gold.