1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Mark Akenside

George Hardinge to Horace Walpole, 27 July 1772; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 3:185.



An amicable difference of opinion is the delicate flattery of true friendship. I tremble when you frown at a favourite of mine; but I respect you too much to fear your displeasure, if I should confess to you that I feel myself compelled to adhere to my sentiments of Dr. Akenside as a Poet, or at least of a Poetical Writer of a very high form. Observe that I speak of him as a Writer. His apostasy in politicks, from Cato and Aristides to the Earl of Bute, was most unpoetical, and admits of no palliation.