1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Tobias Smollett

Robert Anderson, in Works of the British Poets (1795) 10:947.



As a poet, his compositions are so excellent in their kind, as to make us regret that they are not more numerous: Lively, humorous, witty, elegant, tender, pathetic, and sublime; happy and successful in whatever the universality of his genius prompted him to undertake; his spirit, his sentiment, his language, are full of nature, enthusiasm, and simplicity, and while a love of poetry remains among us, must always please the reader of taste and sensibility.