1683 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Chapman

John Dryden, in William Soame, trans.; The Art of Poetry (1683) 36.



Exact Decorum we must always find.
If then you form some Hero in your mind,
Be sure your Image with it self agree;
For what he first appears, he still must be.
Affected Wits will nat'urally incline
To paint their Figures by their own design:
Your Bully Poets, Bully Heroes write;
Chapman, in Bussy D'Ambois took delight,
And thought perfection was to Huff, and Fight.