1817 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gilbert West

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria (1817); ed. Engell and Bate (1983) 1:24.



The poems of WEST indeed had the merit of chaste and manly diction, but they were cold, and if I may so express it, only dead-coloured; while in the best of Warton's there is a stiffness, which too often gives them the appearance of imitations from the Greek.