1794 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Gray

Robert Alves, in Sketches of a History of Literature (1794) 257.



Gray's two Pindaric Odes are of a sublimer cast both in structure and subject; their language, ideas, and harmony are all highly lyrical, lofty, and outdo everything of the kind in our language. Mason's Choruses, Collins's Ode on the Passions, Smollet's on Independence, and one or two of Warton's come the nearest them. Akenside falls far short of them, and even Dryden's Ode to Music is much inferior in force and sublimity.