1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

Vicesimus Knox, in Essays Moral and Literary (1779) 1:93.



Mason has sometimes shewn, that he is capable of true classical poetry. But the taste of the age, and the example of his friend [Thomas Gray], have led him into the fields of fancy, where he has soared on the pinions of poetry, far above the aching flight of common sense.