1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Kames

Samuel Johnson, 1769; Boswell, Life of Johnson (1791); ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 103.



Johnson proceeded: "The Scotchman has taken the right method in his Elements of Criticism. I don't mean that he has taught us any thing; but he has told us old things in a new way." MURPHY. "He seems to have read a great deal of French criticism, and wants to make it his own; as if he had been for years anatomising the heart of man, and peeping into every cranny of it." GOLDSMITH. "It is easier to write that book, than to read it." JOHNSON. "We have an example of true criticism in Burke's Essay on the Sublime and Beautiful."