1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Daniel

George Ellis, in Specimens of Early English Poets (1801; 1845) 2:278.



Daniel's sonnets are very beautiful. His Civil Wars are rather distinguished by elegance than sublimity of expression; but they contain many curious and some highly poetical passages. His prose History of England was once much esteemed for the purity and conciseness of its style. Headley considers him the Atticus of his day.