1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

Vicesimus Knox, in Essays Moral and Literary (1779) 2:274.



Of Poets once known and admired, several are fallen into total disrepute. Drayton was honored by a commentator who must have given fame to any writer. If Selden's taste was equal to his learning, Drayton is indeed most highly distinguished. The Polyolbion is, however, no more read; and the slow length of the tedious alexandrine in which it is written, will prevent its revival, as it has hastened its oblivion.