1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Mark Akenside

George Dyer, in Poems (1802) 1:xxvi-xxvii.



Akenside was a great poet; and, notwithstanding what Johnson says, possessed considerable merit as a lyrist: of his Hymn to the Naiads — which, though written in blank verse, I shall, with permission of the critics, reckon a lyric poem — it is little to say, that it displays much learning: the poetry is beautiful, and the mythological language no less appropriate than brilliant: for he wrote, as believing the Platonic philosophy — to borrow his own language, — "to imitate the manner of the Platonists, and to conform to their opinion."