1761 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hamilton of Bangour

Anonymous, Review of Hamilton, Poems on Several Occasions, The Critical Review 11 (January 1761) 45-48.



His Contemplation, his Ode to Fancy, his ballad, in the old Scotch stile, called The Braes of Yarrow, and many of his songs, have been generally praised. The severest critic must allow he possessed an elegant taste, a fine imagination, a delicacy of sentiment and tenderness of expression; but his diction is sometimes incorrect, and his versification imperfect. His genius, rather agreeable than sublime, was, in our opinion, unequal to the epic, even in translating from Virgil.