1761 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

William Shenstone to Mr. MacGowan, 24 September 1761; Letters, ed. Williams (1939) 596.



It seems to be a very favourable era for the appearance of such irregular poetry [as Macpherson's]. The taste of the age, so far as it regards plan and style, seems to have been carried to its utmost height, as may appear in the works of Akenside, Gray's Odes and Church-yard Verses, and Mason's Monody and Elfrida. The public has seen all that art can do, and they want the more striking efforts of wild, original, enthusiastic genius.