1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

Alexander Chalmers, in Life of Beattie; Works of the English Poets (1810) 18:527.



In the same year [1790, Beattie] is said to have superintended an edition of Addison's periodical papers, published at Edinburgh in 4 vols. 8vo. To this, however, he contributed only a few notes to Tickell's Life of Addison, and to Dr. Johnson's remarks. It were to be wished he had done more. Addison never had a warmer admirer, nor a more successful imitator. He always recommended Addison's style to his pupils, and it is evident from the whole of his works that it was his own model. No man in our times has imitated the chaste simplicity and perspicuity for which Addison is distinguished with such palpable success. I know that he "gave his days and nights to Addison," and it was by this that he attained an English style, "familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious."