1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Collins

Vicesimus Knox, in Essays Moral and Literary (1779) 2:178.



The genius of Collins seems in some measure to have resembled that of Tickell. Dignity, solemnity, and pathos, are the striking features of his compositions. None but a true poet could have written the song over Fidele in Shakespeare's Cymbeline.