1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Burnaby Greene

George Steevens to Thomas Warton, 25 May 1782; Warton, Correspondence, ed. Fairer (1995) 454.



I imagine you have seen Mr. B. Greene's Strictures [defending the Rowley Poems]. He appears to have been born under the influence of one of those tenebrific stars that are supposed to emit rays of darkness. His performance is a tangled skein of thread, both coarse, and rotten.