1756 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Dyer

Joseph Warton, in Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope (1756; 1782) 1:35-36 & n.



Of English poets, perhaps, none have excelled the ingenious Mr. Dyer in this oblique instruction, into which he frequently steals imperceptibly, in his little descriptive poem entitled GRONGAR HILL, where he disposes every object so as it may give occasion for some observation on human life. Denham himself is not superiour to Mr. Dyer in this particular.... The unexpected insertion of such reflections, imparts to us the same pleasure that we feel, when in wandering through a wilderness or grove, we suddenly behold in the turning of the walk, a statue of some VIRTUE or MUSE.... In this light also his poem on the Ruins of Rome deserves a perusal. Dodsley's Miscell. vol. 1 pag. 78. His Fleece, which I had the pleasure of reading in manuscript with Dr. Akenside, is written in a pure and classical taste, and with many happy imitations of Virgil.