1888 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

Edmund Gosse, in History of Eighteenth Century Literature (1888) 228.



Cruel sceptics, like Gibbon, have not failed to point out that his works are "not illuminated by a ray of genius." But his heart has spoken once or twice, in the loosely-strung Pindaric Monody to his wife, and in the elegiac prologue to Coriolanus, Thomson's posthumous tragedy.