1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

Herbert Barton, in Mirror of Poesy (1826) 392.



Few of the modern poets deserve a higher rank in our collections than Mason. His Elfrida and Caractarus have been long known as beautiful dramatic poems, and will always be admired as such, although they are not suited for the stage. Mason's Elegies are elegant, tender, and correct beyond the productions of any of his contemporaries. His Memoirs of Gray, exhibit the most interesting particulars of the education, genius, opinion, and temper of his friend, and afford a pleasing biography of the poet, composed chiefly of his own letters and miscellaneous pieces.