1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Dyer

Nathan Drake, in Literary Hours (1800) 1:223.



To this attachment to, and practice of painting, which, though he afterwards assumed the clerical profession, continued through life, we owe that accuracy, fertility and warmth of description so conspicuous in all his poems. His Grongar Hill, his Ruins of Rome, and his Fleece, present a series of views not given in the usual florid and unmeaning style, but faithful to nature, and possessing an individuality which strongly interests.