1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Upton

Robert Southey, in Review of Todd's Spenser; Annual Review 4 (1806) 554.



A most stupid note of Upton's is retained vol. VI. p. 151. A character in the poem is called Dolon, and the sagacious commentator tells us that Dolon is mentioned by Homer, and goes on as if this were the same person! Upton's notes are in general the worst, except indeed a few political ones, which might have been very pretty articles to carry to market ten years ago, but are now somewhat stale.