1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Anstey

Nathan Drake, in Literary Hours (1800) 2:195-96.



As it is presumed that no person can possess a taste so singular, and I may add, so perverted, as to esteem Donne, Marston or even Hall, superior to Churchill and Anstey any considerable comment on this province of the art will be readily dispensed with. To the energy and severity of Churchill, and the playful humour of the Bath Guide we may also add the poignant effusions of Peter Pindar, the elegant and well timed satire of Gifford and the powerful, nervous and sometimes sublime strains of the unknown author of the Pursuits of Literature.