1700 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Chapman

Samuel Wesley, in Epistle Concerning Poetry (1700) 12.



From France their Alexandrins we receive
Which more of Liberty and Compass give;
Hence by our dull Translators were they us'd,
Nor CHAPMAN nor old STERNHOLD these refus'd;
They borrow from Hexameters their Feet,
Which with Asclepiads and Iambicks meet;
Yet in the midst we still a Weakness see,
Their Music gives us no Variety.