1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Mark Akenside

Anonymous, in "Dr. Akenside" in European Magazine 34 (August 1798) 97.



Violent things often correct themselves; the convulsed muscle becomes torpid, and a passion carried to the extreme in one sense very often falls into the opposite one. Akenside, in early life, was distinguished by that roar for general Liberty which too often disgraces the mouths of the ardent and the ingenous; in later life, he was angry with a celebrated Bookseller for having one copy of The North Briton in his shop.