1898 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Gray

George Saintsbury, in A Short History of English Literature (1898) 575.



By far the most important example of the clogs and crosses of the time is to be found in Thomas Gray, a man of less original poetical inspiration than Collins, perhaps not much more gifted in this way even than Shenstone, but a far better and far wider scholar than either, and entirely free from all untoward circumstance. Neither Milton, nor Wordsworth, nor Tennyson had greater facility for developing whatever poetical gifts were in each than had Gray.